April 30th, 2010
06:00 PM ET
12 years ago

First on the Ticker: Twitter co-founder on Capitol Hill

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/04/30/nicksha.jpg caption="Twitter co-founder Biz Stone meeting with GOP House staffers."]
Washington (CNN) - Twitter co-founder Biz Stone met with congressmen and staffers on Capitol Hill this week to talk about his microblog that sends out messages in 140 characters or less.

Stone provided an overview of Twitter, discussed new features his team was working on such as geo-tagging and iPhone applications, as well as offering tips on how to most effectively use the site at a Friday morning meeting with House Democratic staffers.

"We asked Biz for more characters per Tweet; it's hard to fit how we are reforming Wall Street, fixing the health care system and turning our economy around in just 140 characters," Rob Pierson, director new media for the House Democratic Caucus, said in an e-mail to CNN.

In a separate meeting, Stone answered questions from a handful of GOP leadership staffers on the subjects of usability and effectiveness.

"We had a great conversation about the changing landscape of media and congressional communications," Nick Schaper, director of new media for House Minority Leader John Boehner, said in an e-mail. "As the House GOP continues their aggressive use of social media, it's important that we work closely with industry leaders like Twitter to ensure we're using the best tools available to listen to the American people."

The co-founder also met with Rep. Mike Honda, D-California, and separately with Rep. Darrell Issa, R-California.

Honda spokesman Ahmed Bhadelia said the congressman and Stone on Friday discussed the rise of Twitter and how it has impacted constituent communication. Bhadelia said Stone shared stories about the impact of Twitter in communities around the world such as a farmer in India who can now ask about grain prices and get an answer back nearly instantaneously and Twitter's impact during the elections in Iran.

An Issa spokesman said the congressman, himself a successful high-tech entrepreneur, and Stone met Thursday and described their conversation as a "meeting of the minds." The discussion included the challenges of the technology business to where Twitter was currently in their business development, the spokesman said. As the top Republican on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, the congressman also talked about how Twitter can play a role in transparency and accountability.

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  1. George of the jungle

    They should twitter these clowns right out of office. Hiw many repos does it take to twitter?????

    April 30, 2010 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  2. Patty Patriot

    Once again politicians listening to any and everyone but the American Citizens who pay their salaries. At least these politicians weren't stupid enough to call out a SWAT team. If this administration wasn't so destructive to our Constitution and our country, they would be the funniest show around.

    April 30, 2010 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |