Back on April 20, 2007, then U.S. Senator Barack Obama sent his first-ever tweet. A little over six months later, he was elected president.
Of course, it took a little more work than that simple (and, with hindsight, somewhat cock-eyed) tweet, but Obama’s savvy use of social networks to spur interest in his run for the U.S. presidency was absolutely a pivotal part of his campaign, and in the last five years social media has become a key component of the political messaging system, playing an important role in everything from defusing riots, forecasting elections and emergency response.
This infographic from MPADegree.org takes a closer look at how social media is being used by the government.