The word “did” should be in italics in the title above. The question was originally asked by NYTimes.com blog Gadgetwise, and it is indeed a valid one. Twitter was one of several ways that Barack Obama managed to show the Americans that he was a modern guy ready to tackle the modern problems, and to get his message across. But after being sworn into office, the Twitter account got quiet.
Maybe it’s a case of having to use more traditional channels, and the White House press office just don’t want Twitter in the fray. Or maybe it’s a matter of silly rules – the president can’t just use a service like that for competitive reasons, or whatever. To me, it sounds like he got what he wanted from Twitter, and now it’s time to get to work. If that is the case it is a faulty reasoning since his voters (i.e. followers) is his work.
Why do you think Obama stopped twittering?
Thord Daniel Hedengren is a designer, writer, and blogger, and also the former editor of The Blog Herald. He used to be a hotshot in the gaming industry in Sweden, but sold everything and went International. Most recently he wrote a book called Smashing WordPress: Beyond the Blog, and does loads of kickass design.