The 44th President and 113th Congress on Twitter On Monday (Jan. 21), Barack Obama will be publicly sworn in as President. While buzz about the Inauguration builds on Twitter, the legislative branch has some news of their own: as of today, all 100 members of the Senate as well as 90% (398 members) of the House of Representatives are on Twitter.
When the 112th Congress convened in 2011, 44% of the Senate and 35% of the House were active on Twitter. In two years time, that’s grown to 100% of the Senate and 90% (398 representatives) of the House. Now there are 29 states with their entire delegation tweeting (both senators and all representatives); every state has at least 70% of their delegation tweeting. This map shows how many delegates from your state are active on Twitter:
Another exciting new member of Twitter is Michelle Obama, who will now be tweeting from @FLOTUS about her life as First Lady. First on her Twitter agenda? Encourage participation in the National Day of Service:
Thanks for the warm welcome & birthday wishes! Join me & Barack for #MLKDay of Service this Saturday. Sign up: 2013pic.org/service –mo
— FLOTUS (@FLOTUS) January 18, 2013
(And also, debut a new haircut! The word “bangs” had a thirty-day peak yesterday.)
For those who won’t be standing on the Mall or along Pennsylvania Avenue on Monday, you can follow the proceedings (and parties!) via Twitter. Some accounts that will be offering news, information, and insights for the Inauguration are: @SecretService, @ObamaInaugural, @MetroInaug, @USCapitol, @JCCIC2013, and @DHSgov. All across the District, organizations, businesses, and attendees are using Twitter to share updates about what to expect from Inauguration Day:
What can you bring to #inaug2013 ticketed viewing on @uscapitol grounds? @secretservice list of prohibited items: twitter.com/DHSgov/status/…
— Homeland Security (@DHSgov) January 16, 2013
Parade entry points open at 6:30 a.m. on 1/21 and will stay open until the route is full.1.usa.gov/13bwbhC#inaug2013
— U.S. Secret Service (@SecretService) January 18, 2013
Great aerial view of the platform today from the roof of @uscapitol. So close to completion! #inaug2013twitter.com/jccic2013/stat…
— Cong. Inaugural Cmte (@jccic2013) January 3, 2013
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— Food Truck Fiesta (@foodtruckfiesta) January 15, 2013
im ready for the inauguration…but i dont think im going to be wearing this hat .@barackobama had me try on…#NOiCANTtwitter.com/iamwill/status…
— will.i.am (@iamwill) January 17, 2013
You can also watch live coverage of the Inauguration directly through Twitter. The @FoxNews account will be streaming coverage directly within a Tweet (pinned at the top of their timeline) through their implementation of Twitter Cards.
Whether you’d like to get closer to the festivities on Inauguration Day, or connect with your elected officials year-round, Twitter is your ticket to DC.
Posted by Adam Sharp (@AdamS)
Head of Government, News, and Social Innovation