Here is this week's review of tweets deleted by U.S. politicians caught and archived by Politwoops.
Time again to look at the past week through the lens of deleted tweets from U.S. politicians caught by Politwoops.
Happy Friday, here is this week's review of the notable deleted tweets from politicians captured and archived by Politwoops.
Former representative and current challenger for a House seat, Robert Dold, R-Ill., tweeted and deleted two messages that read "Nicole & I had a great time last night w/ Callista & @newtgingrich. Looking forward to his help in my race. #ILSEN." The tweets included the image seen to the right and were rather perplexing because his wife's name is Danielle, he used the hashtag ILSEN and, most importantly, he is not the man in the photo. After a brief search I found the same message and image came from the campaign account of Doug Truax, a newly declared candidate for Senate from Illinois. We're not sure how this mix-up happened but perhaps they share a campaign consultant juggling too many Twitter accounts or maybe Mr. Truax was borrowing Mr. Dold's phone?
Politwoops, our project to archive the deleted tweets by U.S. politicians, is now more useful than ever as it includes a link to help you find the source of retweets. We also fixed a minor bug that was cutting off some links and messing up screenshots.
Whenever a politician retweets something and then thinks better of it, we will now include a link back to the original tweet, as seen in the example in the upper right from earlier today by Senate challenger Karen Hadel, R-Ga. She retweeted a fan who asks if she can be cloned and then deleted it, but you can now follow the link labeled "Original tweet by @FiercelyRight" to see that the source is still live.
While Wall Street minted a few billionaires and many millionaires with yesterday's Twitter IPO, Sunlight's non-profit Politwoops got to celebrate the occasion with some recent deletions on the Washington Post's In Play show:
It was a busy and image-filled week on Politwoops! Here's your review of the recent notable deleted tweets from politicians captured and archived by the project.
Governor Deval Patrick, D-Mass., deleted an adorable picture of dog in a hat that was tweeted from his official @MassGovernor account on Halloween that read: "Happy Halloween from Woody! @jessemermell where's Isabella's costume?" The @jessemermell account mentioned in the deleted message belongs to his communications director who we discovered after some important research, shares cute pictures of her dog, Isabella, also named in the deleted tweet.
The office of Senator Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., appears to be the first in Congress to systematically remove tweets from his Twitter account after they've been publicly available for months. His official @SenatorIsakson account has been scrubbing his public record after 26 weeks while continuing to share new tweets with his approximately 13,000 followers. This unprecedented social media activity for a politician came to light thanks to the Sunlight Foundation's Politwoops tool that now serves as the only source for all the tweets Sen. Isakson has removed. When asked about this activity a spokesperson for Senator Isakson said it could be due to a leftover setting in a third party application the office used to bulk remove tweets when switching the ownership of the account from his campaign to his Senate office.
Welcome to another review of recent notable deleted tweets from politicians captured by Politwoops.
Debra Hobbs, a Republican running for governor of Arkansas, held a meet-and-greet campaign event yesterday that was promoted on her Twitter feed, but the only tweet from the event of "Debra Hobbs greeting people" was removed. It featured an upside-down photo of a man holding donuts and chatting with the candidate near a vacant parking lot (rotated image seen at right).
Another campaign with some unintended transparency was the account of Buddy Carter, a Republican running for Congress in Georgia, who deleted what appears to be an automated tweet of stats from the JustUnfollow service: "As regular as the sun - stats for the week: 17 new followers, 12 unfollowers."
Mayor Vincent C. Gray, D-D.C., or someone in his office removed their enthusiasm for "dating and mating" as he deleted that quote and link to a Washington Post article about the baby boom the city is experiencing.
Politwoops was a part of an article in Digital Trends earlier this week that discussed an interesting study from the School of Informatics at the University of Edinburgh and covered the many reasons politicians have chosen to delete their tweets. It included an example of a messaging change from Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., who removed a tweet in September about Obama's energy policy with the term "job-killing War on Coal" and changed it to "economy-hurting War on Coal" in the still-live version.
As always, stay tuned to Politwoops for the latest messaging changes from politicians. Latest additions include Neil Riser and Vance McAllister who recently advanced to a runoff in the special election for Louisiana's 5th district.
As the government shutdown continues to consume the daily life of Congress, members sharing their thoughts on Twitter seem eager to frame events through the lens of the shutdown. The chaotic scene in Washington involving a car chase that ended in gunfire near the Capitol spurred many reactions and updates from members of Congress. Politwoops saw an increased volume of deletions as is typically the case with breaking news and unconfirmed developments.
The Sunlight Foundation's Politwoops U.S. adaptation of the original Politwoops.nl turns one-year-old today and it has certainly made an impression. In the past year, Politwoops surfaced more than 6,200 deleted tweets and drew nearly 300,000 visits. TIME Magazine even named Politwoops one of the best websites of 2012. Some of the best examples of Politwoops' impact are how journalists routinely utilize it, politicians play with it and how Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Tenn., declared there is no better way to get media attention than to delete a tweet.
Since inception we've entered 1,174 different Twitter handles, adding new campaign accounts and challengers during the election season and ceasing our tracking once someone leaves office or drops out. Just yesterday we added a new category for gubernatorial challengers, currently populated by challengers in New Jersey and Virginia for the fall 2013 elections. As always, if you find any candidates or politicians with Twitter accounts that we don't follow yet, just email us and we'll add them.