Where to Find Awkward Tweets Deleted By Politicians
The Sunlight Foundation just launched a really fun, vast new site called “Politiwoops” that collects all the tweets that politicians have deleted from their Twitter feeds in the past six months. As Sunlight, which is dedicated to government transparency, explains in a blog post unveiling the site, the collection of thousands of tweets includes hacked missives, typos, and awkward lines that didn’t land well. There’s Rep. Jeff Miller asking, “Was President Obama born in the United State?” There’s President Obama promoting articles in The Atlantic. (And then backtracking!)
Not cool, @BarackObama. Not cool.
Capital Words was cool. This [redacted] political tweet finder, however, is one of the best apps that Sunlight Labs has shipped in years.
Now the all of American politicians that have taken to Twitter in the past year will find themselves unable to do any more quick takebacks over overly hasty txts, quiet deletions of old tweets or DM fails.
Megan Garber, writing for the Atlantic, aptly described the new state of political Twitter affairs in Washington, with a concision appropriate to her subject:
“There will always be follow the money; now there’s follow the tweet.”