Twitter for those that don’t use it is a social media site for sending short (140 Character) blurts out to your “followers”. With the usages of hashtags (#), you can join with others in getting issues and points “trending”.
You may be unaware of what “trending” is all about within the Twitter world. In very simple terms, “trending” is the rise (or fall) of a particular hashtag in Twitter post. There a number of sites built around the hashtag trending such as, Trendmaps. Furthermore, the popular “trending” hashtags can be used to show all the Twitter messages on a specific hashtag, such as #USPS.
Now that you have the very basic understanding of Twitter, let us take a look at an interesting theme happening in South Carolina within the Republican Party.
Any Public Relation consultant worth their fee will start out telling you, as an current or upcoming politician, that your presence must be known if you want to get elected. If you are a political driven blogger, then you will know the impact of Twitter to drive visitors to your message. Therefore, at a minimum a public image must have a website, a facebook page and a Twitter account.
Now to the question at hand to some of us that pay attention to these type of things. Who is creating all these “parody” profiles on Twitter to make some rather vulgar and outlandish statements of the similarly named candidates for the newly open US House District One (SC) seat? We can certainly see a trend developing in the “followers” list of these profiles.
Why would anyone make up these accounts? Gee it doesn’t take long reading some of the post that include hashtags and @xyz (Twitter Account links) to see these accounts are not being set up for some harmless humor. These accounts appear to be set up for much more sinister campaigning strategy in the District One upcoming primary race.