Feeds

Obama drops Twitter bombs on debt-ceiling foes

'Call. Email. Tweet. —BO'

Security for virtualized datacentres

The US debt-ceiling legislative dogfight ratcheted up a notch on Friday morning when President Obama's campaign staff launched a Twitter-bombing run on US legislators.

Shortly after Obama made a short statement in which he urged Americans to "make a phone call, send an email, tweet; keep the pressure on Washington," @BarackObama, an account run by the #Obama2012 campaign staff, began to tweet the Twitter handles of Republican senators and representatives, asking the account's 9,405,391 followers to tell those targets to accept a "bipartisan compromise".

Obama's campaign tweets for support of a debt-ceiling compromise

We're decades away from the mailbag-dumping scene in Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

Obama's staff appear to be walking a fine line between the healthy encouragement of citizen participation and outright spam-mongering. What's more, the Twitter bombing may backfire on the campaign if on-the-fence GOPers move to the right in angry response to the deluge of unwanted missives.

Obama's campaign tweets for support of a debt-ceiling compromise

We have serious doubts that a tweet to @michelebachmann will do much good

That said, we're witnessing yet another example of how Biz Stone, Evan Williams, and their crew have changed political activism, from the Arab Spring to the long, hot, excruiciatingly infuriating summer of Washington warfare. ®

Security for virtualized datacentres

More from The Register

next story
Phones 4u slips into administration after EE cuts ties with Brit mobe retailer
More than 5,500 jobs could be axed if rescue mission fails
Driving with an Apple Watch could land you with a £100 FINE
Bad news for tech-addicted fanbois behind the wheel
Phones 4u website DIES as wounded mobe retailer struggles to stay above water
Founder blames 'ruthless network partners' for implosion
Sony says year's losses will be FOUR TIMES DEEPER than thought
Losses of more than $2 BILLION loom over troubled Japanese corp
Radio hams can encrypt, in emergencies, says Ofcom
Consultation promises new spectrum and hints at relaxed licence conditions
Why Oracle CEO Larry Ellison had to go ... Except he hasn't
Silicon Valley's veteran seadog in piratical Putin impression
Big Content Australia just blew a big hole in its credibility
AHEDA's research on average content prices did not expose methodology, so appears less than rigourous
Bono: Apple will sort out monetising music where the labels failed
Remastered so hard it would be difficult or impossible to master it again
prev story

Whitepapers

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops
Balancing user privacy and privileged access, in accordance with compliance frameworks and legislation. Evaluating any potential remote control choice.
WIN a very cool portable ZX Spectrum
Win a one-off portable Spectrum built by legendary hardware hacker Ben Heck
Storage capacity and performance optimization at Mizuno USA
Mizuno USA turn to Tegile storage technology to solve both their SAN and backup issues.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
The next step in data security
With recent increased privacy concerns and computers becoming more powerful, the chance of hackers being able to crack smaller-sized RSA keys increases.