I was on Twitter, that bane of some people's existence, this week, when someone online recommended that I follow David Paterson. He's the governor of my state of New York, so I thought: why not?
What's interesting is that his site is GovPaterson2010, and goes back at least to mid-April 2009, which suggests that he was thinking about re-election way back then. At the same time, it looks like a site that someone governing would have, talking a lot about the stimulus money. A mixed message, I think.
To confuse the issue, there IS a site GovPaterson, which discusses Paterson's son's arrest quite a bit recently. Evidently it's not the REAL site, because it's followed by only one party: GovPaterson2010.
So who else IS David Paterson following, on that roster of 222 people? A number of politicians, of course, from the verified White House and Barack Obama sites to the likewise verified sites for the governors of Massachusetts and California.
Mayor of Albany Jerry Jennings tweets though not since before the 2009 general election. I found remnants of Jim Tedesco's failed congressional race, as well as follows of former presidential candidates such as Al Sharpton and Bill Richardson.
US Senator Kirsten Gillibrand's verified site has over 1700 followers but she follows no one. Meanwhile, US Senator Chuck Schumer's first and last tweet is: "Just joined Twitter!" (5:02 PM Nov 19th, 2008); gotta work on that, Chuck.
Governor Paterson uses a number of news sources, including CNN Breaking News, The Huffington Post, WNYT (NBC-TV affiliate Channel 13 in Albany), Albany News, All Over Albany, The Daily Beast, The Hill (congressional newspaper), Glenn Greenwald, Stephen Colbert, and the verified account of ABC News' Chris Cuomo, the brother of the state's Attorney General; speculation suggests Andrew Cuomo may challenge Paterson in a primary for governor.
David Paterson follows the Working Families Party, an actual political party in NYS. I'm trying to remember: did Eliot Spitzer and Paterson get their endorsement in 2006? Other interests include grassroots politics, state history, gay rights and women's health.
There are three celebrities being followed, the latter two verified: Star Jones, Esquire, former host of the TV show The View, Joy Behar, current host of The View, and household goddess Martha Stewart.
How does who you follow on Twitter reflect on you?
Don’t shoot the Messinger
15 hours ago