House committees take the lead on using social media to ensure transparency

March 4, 2009
House Committees on Science and Technology, Education and Labor, Transportation and Infrastructure, and the Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming are the first four Congressional Committees to join Twitter. These Committees use Twitter as a new tool to reach their audience and ensure transparency between the government and the public...

WASHINGTON, DC, Mar. 2, 2009 -- House Committees on Science and Technology, Education and Labor, Transportation and Infrastructure, and the Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming are the first four Congressional Committees to join Twitter. These Committees use Twitter as a new tool to reach their audience and ensure transparency between the government and the public.

"I believe government works best when it is transparent and information is accessible to all. I want to ensure that the public can easily keep tabs on what the Committee is working on. Our website is a resource for stakeholders, students, teachers, the media, and citizens around the country. This is another tool to help make government work better for the people we are serving," stated House Science and Technology Committee Chairman Bart Gordon (D-TN).

"Like President Obama and Speaker Pelosi, I believe that greater transparency in government is critical and will continue to use new media to open up our committee's work to the public. I'm pleased to announce our use of another tool, Twitter, to inform the American public about the important work we are doing to rebuild our economy, strengthen our middle class, and improve the lives of America's children, students, workers and families," said House Education and Labor Committee Chairman George Miller (D-CA).

Twitter is a micro-blogging and social networking service that provides its users the ability to send and receive updates, known as "Tweets," from individuals and groups they choose to follow. A tweet is a text-based post or short message of up to 140 characters. Twitter allows anyone to create a free account.

>> House Committee on Science and Technology website
>> SciTechCmte on Twitter

>> House Committee on Education and Labor website
>> edlabordems on Twitter

>> House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure website
>> HouseTransInf on Twitter

>> House Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming website
>> MarkeyMemo on Twitter

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