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Hillary follows your lead: The power of Twitter June 12, 2013

Posted by rmshepard in Uncategorized.
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You’ve probably got a Twitter account by now. Now, so does Hillary Clinton. The former First Lady, Senator, and Secretary of State, sent her first tweet in mid-June 2013. She gained almost 100,000 followers in a few hours, and sparked several celebrations on various social media platforms. According to many political analysts, the move is a pretty clear sign that Clinton is considering a run for president in 2016. She tapped into the themes of the same fan base that made the “Texts from Hillary” blog so popular, and already has more followers than other rumored candidates in 2016. More importantly, Clinton listing her future plans as “TBD” in her Twitter profile is an obvious effort to stoke public discussion about her possible candidacy.

For more on reactions to Clinton joining Twitter, see the following video:

Discussion Questions:

1.  Why is Twitter such a powerful platform for public figures?

2.  How might Clinton’s tweets play into setting up a future campaign for president?

3.  Why do you think political figures flock to some social media platforms over others?

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