White House press secretary Robert Gibbs found his Twitter account going “haywire” earlier today after the social networking system was hacked. He quickly let people now what was up, Tweeting: “My Twitter went haywire - absolutely no clue why it sent that message or even what it is…paging the tech guys…”
With the @PressSec on my mind, I decided to see what’s been on his—at least since August 5, his first Tweet for that month and the beginning of what many have deemed a pretty hellish period for the administration. I copied Gibbs’s Tweets from August until today and put them into Wordle, the software that arranges words graphically with the most used words shown largest, to get a word-cloud insight into Gibbs, the first Twittering Press Secretary.
Unsurprisingly, “Boehner” looms large among the Tweets; as does “McConnell.” “@stephenfhayes” was more of a surprise—the two engaged in a Twitter debate early in September over economics, after which @PressSec Tweeted: “I have enjoyed our tweets – shows that a good debate doesn’t have to be a nasty debate.” Other biggies are “POTUS,” “tax,” “senate,” “census,” “jobs,” “small,” “big,” “business,” and, perhaps ominously, “help.” Any surprising absences?