To bat clean-up on social media on Friday after President Barack Obama’s anticipated Thursday jobs speech, the White House has picked the one member of their communications team who is perhaps the least active on Twitter, writes Nick Judd.
Press Secretary Jay Carney will answer questions in person at the White House Friday from a group of @WhiteHouse followers who have applied to attend through a web form. The irony here is that while Carney’s @PressSec predecessor Robert Gibbs was as active on Twitter as he was at the podium, the new guy, who took over for Gibbs in February, hardly ever uses the medium. As press secretary, Gibbs inaugurated a practice of taking questions submitted via Twitter and answering them in a YouTube video, using a platform called First Question on the White House website. While White House experiments in social media have continued, First Question appears to be in limbo; its old home on WhiteHouse.gov has also disappeared.
Carney’s last post on Twitter was July 25. He recently went 20 days — between June 30 and July 20 — without posting to Twitter at all. He has mentioned or retweeted others — including other official White House accounts — perhaps seven times since taking over the account. By comparison, Republican House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s communications director, Brad Dayspring, is far more active, with multiple tweets per day and frequent mentions of others. (House Speaker John Boehner’s spokesman Michael Steel is not even as active as Carney, but the Republican speaker’s staff makes liberal use of Boehner’s official account.)
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