Monday, October 26, 2009

Twitter Shuts Down Conneticut GOP

In response the CT attempt to "tweet" as their Democratic opponents by setting up accounts in the Democrat's names (brilliant strategy, huh?), Twitter has shut down the CT GOP for TOS violations. The GOP response is worth framing. From DS:

There are lots of valuable ways in which Twitter can be used in political communication, and there's no doubt that we've only just begun to see the new directions to which campaigns and candidates take this service as they innovate.

But reading and understanding terms of use has to be a basic threshold for utilizing any Internet tool. That's just as true for individuals as it is for political parties.

Which makes the Republican response to the Twitter take-down all the more ridiculous:

"That's unfortunate," was state Republican Chairman Chris Healy's response when told of Twitter, Inc.'s decision. "I'm not quite sure what the issue is, other than that the Democrats were successful in stopping free speech."

Again, Twitter's rule about impersonation is simple and short enough to be written as a Tweet:

You may not impersonate others through the Twitter service in a manner that does or is intended to mislead, confuse, or deceive others.

When you're unclear about an issue as transparent and indefensible as this, perhaps it's best if you step away from the Internet.

The GOP in this country may be toning down the crazy, but the stupid is still in full swing. And this type of behavior wins voters (outside of student body elections), how?

This isn't political strategy, it's a temper tantrum. A very entertaining temper tantrum.

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