For campaigns, Twitter is both an early-warning system and a weapon

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NYTimes’ Ashley Parker: “Romney’s aides say they can get a sense of where a story is headed before it is published simply by reading reporters’ Twitter messages. If reporters have flagged a particular incident on Twitter … Mr. Romney’s aides might pull him aside before a press conference and warn him that the topic is likely to come up. … [Gingrich aide Andrew] Hemingway said he provided Gingrich supporters he considers ‘influencers’ with debate-night instructions, from hashtags to the best times to post.”

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