I constantly find myself on Twitter. It is the first thing I look at in the morning, and last thing I look at while falling asleep. I even check it if I wake up in the middle of the night, to see if any news is breaking.
Twitter is well known source for news. But, is it becoming the new platform for politicians to engage citizens? I think so.
A study by the Pew Research Center found that 63% of Americans use twitter as a news source. It is a news source, and that is why many journalists are addicted to it. It is shaping the new form of press releases and political dialog, and for politicians, it is shaping direct citizen engagement.
This is seen on the federal level with President Trump, one of the most notable politicians on Twitter. President Trump uses Twitter to talk directly to the American public, and posts Tweets of all sorts, from his latest campaign stops to "direct attacks" on other notable figures.
For example, here is one of President Trump’s most famous tweets, which he announced this directly to the public:
The president uses Twitter to talk to the American Public, and during his campaign would tweet directly with Americans. On a local level in Ithaca, Twitter is also allowing Politicians to talk to their citizens. In Ithaca, Mayor Svante Myrick often tweets answers to Ithacan's questions:
In fact, when doing a Google Search, Mayor Myrick's Twitter profile shows up before his official city bio.
And Mayor Myrick isn’t the only politician using Twitter in Ithaca. Ithaca’s Second Ward Alderperson Seph Murtagh is also active on Twitter, directly responding to the citizens' comments.
Twitter has become the easiest way for Average Americans to talk directly with their politicians. We see this on every level, from the president to one of the City of Ithaca’s Alderpersons. The platform has become more than a place for someone to post their thoughts. It has become a place for Americans to talk directly with their leaders.