"I am a man of few characters, so I'm going to keep this very, very brief," said Jack Dorsey, the founder of Twitter, at a fund-raising party for public advocate Reshma Saujani on Wednesday night.
Anthony Weiner, who resigned his congressional seat over after admitting to sexting various women, from home and his office in Washington, today launched a new Twitter account.
If the governor was on Twitter earlier today, he might have seen a flurry of messages urging him to raise the state's minimum wage to $9 an hour and index it to the rate of inflation.
Today, Joe Lhota, the former M.T.A. chairman and Giuliani deputy mayor, filed his papers with the New York City Campaign Finance Board. He is now, officially, running for mayor.
He made the announcement via one of his preferred communication methods, Twitter, using a brand new handle: @JoeLhota4Mayor: "It's official. @joelhota is a candidate to be the 109th Mayor of NYC following filings w BD of Elections and NYCCFB."
At the tail end of his tweet was a link to what is presumably a preview of his campaign literature. It reads:
A Mayor for All of New York
After complaining about how the "Jewish owned press" is consistently biased against Israel on Saturday, the News Corp founder wrote this afternoon that his comment has "been sternly criticized" for "suggesting a link to Jewish reporters. Don't see this, but apologize unreservedly." Slate has a good run-down of the numerous ways in which Murdoch's initial tweet was offensive and inaccurate.
One of the most vulnerable Republican state senators, Mark Grisanit, has only $50,000 in the bank heading into a three-way election. [Nick Reisman]
Deciphering who supports and opposes fracking is not so clear cut, an upstate reporter explains. [Brian Lehrer Show]
Republican Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis and her Democratic challenger will debate, on television. [Tom Wrobleski]
And Malliotakis and City Councilman Vinnie Gentile act like brother and sister. [Home Reporter]
Last week, Staten Island Borough President called Lady Gaga a "slut" for smoking "reefer" on stage. Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, who's friends with her family, leapt to the singer's defense, something Facebook users "liked" that a lot.
"The impact of better communications isn't necessarily all good," said the media-mogul-turned-mayor Michael Bloomberg last month on his weekly radio show, discussing the immediacy of social media-facilitated public reaction.(1)
There are reports that a lot of unnamed people are putting together papers and legal documents and fund-raising teams in order to help get New York Police Comissioner Ray Kelly into the New York City mayor's race.
But the Internet is another matter.
Several obvious web site names that could be used for a potential Kelly campaign have long ago been snatched up.
RayKellyforNewYork.com and RayKellyforMayor.com was registered February 12, 2007, possibly by someone in Ohio.
RayKelly2013.com was registered by a Manhattan resident on July 29, 2011.
RayKellyforNYC.com. It's available for $11.99 Two names of sites that critics of the commissioner could use, should he enter the race, are also available:TruthAboutRayKelly.com and StopAndFriskRayKelly.com.
As for social media, that's getting crowed too.
This morning, a Post article said of City Council Speaker Christine Quinn that she was "the only prospective candidate who left the door open for the public to get access to teacher evaluations."
I highlighted that fact in a tweet directed at Randi Weingarten, who is the head of the national teachers' union in Washington and who, for years, held the same position in New York City.(1)
If you need to reach a City Council member or their staff this weekend, try Twitter, Facebook or that telephone thing. Here's a notice sent by the City Council's Central Staff just now and passed along to me by a reader:
Frequently asked question:
Are you competing with The Huffington Post?
No, our business models are different. They hope to gain as much traffic as possible from search; we are oriented toward social networks. Plus it'd be awkward. Ken Lerer and Jonah Peretti were both in the founding team of The Huffington Post.
Yes. There is a competitive space opening up right now, and it's one The Huffington Post and a few of the other "big guys" are used to dominating.
What Twitter really means for 2012; Ben Smith strikes again; plus Arianna Huffington, Don Graham, Tavi Gevinson
According to a new survey by the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press, "fewer Americans are closely following news about the presidential campaign than four years ago," with many of them still tuning in to cable news to get their daily fix of primary fodder. By contrast, a mere 2 percent of Americans regularly learn about the campaigns from Twitter, according to Pew.