Thursday, April 1, 2010

Cowen set to be Tweet-seach!

Taoiseach Brian Cowen could soon become Ireland’s first ‘Tweet-seach’ as he plans to let his fingers do the talking via twitter and other forms of social media.

A Government tender was sent out three months ago from its IT unit to commission a new website for the Government Information Service.

While the plans for the new website are at a very early stage - no first draft has even been produced - it is expected that the site and the Tweeting Taoiseach will be up and running in a matter of months.

When he starts tweeting, Brian Cowen will join an elite group of world leaders who are using this form of social media to communicate with the public.

US President Barack Obama is the king of social media and this played a huge part in his election in 2008.

Also among the political twittering classes are UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, Japanese Prime Miniister Yukio Hayoyama, Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister Barham Salim.

However, when Mr Cowen and his Ministers decide to take up tweeting officially, they will be up against it from a number of Twitter ‘impostors’ who have already attracted huge followings online.

Here’s an example of some of the ‘impostors’ tweets:

@Biffo_Cowen - ‘Which one of you little bollixes on the backbenches has been blabbing to the press?’

@Willie_O_Dea - ‘A few civil servants on top of the Passport office tooled up with sniper rifles should be able to "reach out" to Leinster House.’

@Sweary_Mary - ‘Jasus lads, weekend over. Did ye ever just not want to go to work of a Monday?’

@TDBrianCowen - ‘Tried to get short arse Sarkosy to get the match replayed: no dice. Seems I’m no good at anything. Ah well, I still get paid.”

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