How Do Politicians Use Twitter?

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Today’s society has become a tech savvy world. Many people in society depend on social media. There are many different types of social media like Facebook, YouTube, Flickr, Instagram, but recently Twitter has been the most productive social media site. With Twitter you can express yourself, share opinions with others, and follow any Twitter account user. Twitter was invented in 2006, and now has over 500 million registered Twitter users around the world. Today, Twitter is the most popular social media site that allows you to stay in the loop. Through youth engagement in politics, communicating, and campaigning, politicians use Twitter to their advantage. Politicians can benefit from the use of Twitter if it is used effectively.
Typically youths and young adults use Twitter to communicate with other Twitter users or follow the latest trend. Politicians should use Twitter more effectively to involve the youth Twitter users.
According to the article Joining the Conversation: Twitter as a Tool for Student Political Engagement, it states that in “1971, when the voting age was lowered by the 26th Amendment” many American youths did not seem to be too engaged in politics. Later research has found that “younger Americans…display more characteristics of civic apathy and are less knowledgeable about political issues than older citizens.” In 2008, American youths voted at a higher rate than in previous elections. Researchers also found that educated youths from “middle-to-upper income households were more civically engaged than those of lower-income households who had little to no post-secondary education.” To get youths involved and engaged with politics, it must be presented in an interesting way. Tea...

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