Claire Trevett writes about MP tweeting.
It has been just over two years since National MP Tau Henare was anointed Minister of Twitter for his alacrity with the medium.
There has been a significant reshuffle in the portfolio area since then. That was a time when relatively few MPs were on Twitter and most were too scared to take the new toy out of its box, let alone play with it with any vigour.
Henare is still there and still covers a wide area of topics. He recently managed 135kg in the deadlift. “Am I happy? Damn Skippy I am.”
My advice to most MPs about Twitter…is don’t go there. You will not be engaging with swinging voters, only¬†sycophants¬†or stalkers, so a pointless waste of time unless you can foot it in the sledging stakes.
But the landscape now is a lot more like the Wild West and some surprising gunslingers have emerged in the likes of Act leader John Banks and United Future’s Peter Dunne, who tweeted through his journey from common-sense Peter to the beleaguered martyr in his very own spy melodrama, facing allegations he leaked a GCSB report. ¬† Read more »