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The Social Media Habits of Elected Officials

BY Nancy Scola | Tuesday, August 17 2010

Ben Smith points us to the just-launched Government and Social Media wiki, a site listing the Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Flickr and other social media accounts for members of the House and Senate. As recently as the 2008 presidential race, you might still hear debates in campaign offices about whether candidates should go up on Facebook. But as Ben points out, maintaining those social media presences is now de rigueur.

That's not to say that all politicians are doing things well. The wiki, a project of Chicago's Josh Shpayher, promises more interactivity to come: "Soon, we will roll out the ability of users to rate each individual office on their overall use of social media as well as the quality/quantity of each form."

You can follow the progress of the Government and Social Media wiki on Twitter, at @govsm.