Wednesday, March 4, 2009
Kevin McCarthy (BFF!) and me: at least on Twitter
I was mildly surprised this evening when I went online and found that Congressman Kevin McCarthy, our Bakersfield Republican from the 22nd District, was "following" me on Twitter.com. Now for the uninitiated, understand that Twitter is a type of social networking technology with important implications for businesses and individuals. You establish an account and people "follow" your thoughts (or tweets) online. That's it in its simplest form but if you are not on it, you need to understand it. To this point my Twitter network consisted of a daughter in New York who tweets about bad dates and late, late nights in Soho, a friend in LA who is into really bad haiku, a fellow gym rat and a dear friend in Maryland who is absolutely obsessive about guitars. So it was nice to welcome the chief deputy whip into my world - an upgrade!- but more interesting to see how our congressman is using the power of social networking to spread the GOP gospel and keep his constituents up to date on legislation. Of course Kevin has a website (check it out here) but it seems downright old school compared to the tweet.