[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/03/26/art.gopmedia.gi.jpg caption=" House leaders saw an increase in followers on different social media platforms while discussing health care reform this past week."]Washington (CNN) – House leaders saw an increase in followers on different social media platforms while discussing health care reform this past week.
Republicans may have lost the vote on health care Sunday, but are claiming victory on the social media where @GOPleader, the Twitter account for the office of House Republican Leader John Boehner gained slightly over 2,510 followers since last Thursday.
"Throughout the health care debate, Democrats had a comprehensive plan to ignore the will of the American people – online and off," said Nick Schaper, Boehner's director of new media. "Republicans, on the other hand, are listening to our constituents, and social media tools like Twitter are helping us bring thousands a day into the conversation."
Schaper also pointed to Boehner's YouTube success. The leader's speech from the House floor on Sunday has received over 106,560 views on his YouTube channel. And a viral video which mashes up the popular Wil.i.am "Yes We Can" election video to Boehner yelling "hell no you can't" from the Sunday speech has received over 165,980 views.
While Republicans are looking at how quickly their Twitter followers have increased over the past week, Democrats are focused on each tweet's impact. Stephanie Lundberg, a spokesperson for House Democratic Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, mentions that their tweets have been read on cable television shows, such as CNN's Rick's List and MSNBC. "It's a way to have a conversation with members of the public," Lundberg said in an interview with CNN. "We have effectively utilized Twitter and Facebook to do rapid response during the health care debate including countering misinformation about the health reform bill."
House Democrats set up a "Health Reform Now" Twitter and Facebook account. While the Twitter account has not seen much notable follower growth, their Facebook account increased by 12,750 fans this week.