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Social Media Goes Viral on Capitol Hill

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“While searching for our local congressmen on Twitter we were amazed at how many folks on the Hill aren’t tweeting,” reads the website. “This site is a grass roots effort to get our men and women in Congress to open up and have a real conversation with us.”

Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) already gets points for creativity in trying to engage constituents online: In addition to tweeting a dozen live updates from an Iowa college women’s basketball game last week, including a tweet that “Jackie kalins mother is not in her usual seat at game,” he released a campaign ad in September reminding people that he can be reached on Facebook and Twitter. The video features two older women nervously whispering that they heard that Grassley has “a Twitter” and wondering, “Can it be cured?”

“Oh, not that kind. I like to use new technologies like Twitter and Facebook just to keep in touch,” Grassley says in the ad. “I’ll tweet, I’ll text, I’ll do whatever it takes. I work for you.”

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