Politicians and Twitter: “It gives me great pleasure…” “No it doesnae…”

I like this piece from Aine Kerr on Storyful… It’s a timely kick at those MPs who routinely get crossed off the list of anyone who has better things to do with their Twitter accounts than read glib statements of the, erm, ‘bleedin obvious’…  In particular, the YouTube clip at the beginning…

It’s worth listening to the First Minister (of all people) give one of the most accurate estimations of how politicians use Twitter to blow their own trumpets rather than to converse…

Check out the #TweetlikeanMP hashtag for a perfect lesson in how not to do it..

Mick is founding editor of Slugger. He has written papers on the impacts of the Internet on politics and the wider media and is a regular guest and speaking events across Ireland, the UK and Europe. Twitter: @MickFealty