Augusta Insider Twitter Update

The Augusta Insider has provided us with the 6th installment of their Gubernatorial Twitter Primary series.

Not a large change from the previous numbers. Matt Jacobson continues to dominate Twitter in number of followers and massive growth. It looks as though the Jacobson will not be giving up his crown as King of Twitter anytime soon.

Newcomer Rosa Scarcelli make an impressive entrance onto the Twitter field. Scarcelli has come right out of the gate with 130 followers, following 131, and 71 tweets. The puts her at the head of the pack in the Dems and third overall. I’m going to give Scarcelli the “Best Start from a Newbie” award.

Here are the current stats from Augusta Insider:

Independent Alex Hammer (@AlexHammer) is following 401, has 337 followers, and 620 Tweets; -31 Followers.

Democrat Dawn Hill (@DawnHillNow) is following 20, has 12 followers, and 1 Tweet.

Republican Matt Jacobson (@jacobson4gov) is following 695, has 968 followers, and 65 Tweets; +214 Followers.

Republican Les Otten (@LesOtten) is following 0, has 40 followers, and 1 Tweets; +10 Followers.

Republican Bruce Poliquin (@BruceForME) is following 85, has 92 followers, and 110 Tweets; -3 Followers.

Democrat Steven Rowe (@Steven_Rowe) is following 0, has 121 followers, and 5 Tweets; +11 Followers.

Democrat Rosa Scarcelli (@rosascarcelli) is following 131, has 130 followers, and 71 Tweets.

Green Independent Lynne Williams (@Lynne4Governor) is following 11, has 38 followers, and 18 Tweets;+2 Followers.

Augusta Insider points out that Peter Mills and Donna Dion are absent from Twitter at this point. Mills cited a Yahoo News Story (TMT Too Much Twitter?) as evidence for why he avoids Twitter. Probably in jest. I’d be surprised if any serious candidate kept away from Twitter entirely at this point.

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6 Responses

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  2. I didn't think that Peter's link to the TMT article was a joke at all. Take a look at anything he's ever written. Now try to condense any of it into 140 characters.

    I'm not very familiar with Twitter. How would a serious candidate go about using it effectively?

  3. I find it essential for passing quick information on appearances and condensing parts of your platform to potential voters.

    We live in the era of fast food, Youtube and the sound bite. Some say we don't have to accept the sound bite, it is a political reality. People just don't have the time for long speeches anymore. Need proof? Al Gore. John Kerry. They lost, in part, because they could not get their message across quickly and effectively. (It almost goes without saying, but am not saying Mills is like either of those two). Not only politics, but look what Twitter did for getting the Iranian Greens quick world-wide coverage and organizing their movement.

    Twitter is not about the complexities, speeches are. But most people never hear a whole speech. They hear bits and pieces that the nightly news or the paper deem most important. I think one commenter on Mills Facebook said it best.

    "Well, complex political and social issues aren't really what Twitter is useful for. But it can help you distill political and social thoughts to concise messages to which present and future constituents can respond. A Twitter message is like a cellphone text message to the world; more important, it's a form of conversation. You tweet, and others … Read More tweet back, etc. It's a two-way medium, as opposed to a speech, for example, which is one-way. Two-way communication gives participants a stake in your issues."

  4. Doesn't it become cumbesome for a political candidate to manage all of these social media outlets while trying to campaign? I'm trying to understand the cumulative advantage of using Twitter in addition to a campaign website connected to Facebook and YouTube (or other social video sites).

    I don't use Twitter so I hav no idea how much time is involved in Tweeting and subsequently responding to follower's tweets. (Is it poor etiquette to not respond?) I assume it could become a substantial distraction, maybe not.

    I would also think that a candidate needs to consider their target demographic. What percentage of Republican primary voters use Twitter? How about on the Democratic side? I'd guess it's a far more important tool for a D than an R.

    Maybe I'll sign up for a Twitter account and become a follower of a few candidates to see what this is all about. Maybe I'll be surprised. I'll admittedly be going into it with very low expectations.

  5. Personally, I think it's accepted that one wont be able to respond timely to every message. We are all busy, and candidates even more so.

    You would think it's a more important tool for a Dem, but the Repubs don't want to loose out on that demographic either. Those are the up and comers. I do know a large number of Republicans who tweet. It's more of an age thing (though not exclusively) than party.

    Also, a Tweet is something that would be easy for a campaign associate to manage. Anyone could update with links to articles written by the candidate or appearance schedule.

    You really should check it out. It's a handy tool for disseminating information quickly.

  6. I agree that Peter Mills needs to be on Twitter… I'm sure a staffer would gladly keep it current with campaign activities. Twitter is great to distribute all that other social media stuff the campaign puts on facebook, youtube, etc. Some people use just their twitter accounts to keep up with what's going on elsewhere in the social media world… Also, if the other candidates are leveraging it's power and Peter Mills doesn't, he will just be left behind in the demographic… Fine with me as he's just a wishy-washy moderate anyway- all though Mainers do like wishy-washy moderates. Just my 2 cents.

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