Lesson in Twitter: Don't Mess with a 77-Year Old Tweeting Senator

Twitter lesson #1: Twitter's character limit is 140. Twitter lesson #2: Don't argue that point, or any other Twitter-isms, with Iowa's senior senator, and prolific tweeter, Chuck Grassley.

Twitter lesson #1: Twitter’s character limit is 140. Twitter lesson #2: Don’t argue that point, or any other Twitter-isms, with Iowa’s senior senator, and prolific tweeter, Chuck Grassley.

He just may well tweet your head off.

Too late, he already did.

The 77-year old Republican got defensive on Twitter on Thursday, apparently in response to recent criticisms of his tweeting style

“I know how to spell,” Grassley tweeted. “Quit complaining abt my Twitter shorthand I know how to spell But Twitter limit is 120 characters.”

Grassley is renowned in Congress for his use of social media, particularly Twitter, and one of only a handful of senators who actually manage their own accounts.

For better or worse, that means no standard press releases or politically correct statements, but regularly shortened words and abbreviated meanings in his updates.

To his second point, Twitter’s character limit is actually 140, of course. But Grassley may be disciplining himself to stick to 120 characters to saved space for links, which he often includes in tweets, we’ll assume.

Take a look for yourself at two of Sen. Grassley’s most recent tweets.

The above tweets came from the senator as he met with constituents in his home state this week.

The Sioux City Journal reported Sen. Grassley met with high school students during the tour, and especially impressed them with his social media prowess, even at the age of 77.

According to the paper: ‘He told the students all his positions can be found in speeches and press releases compiled on his official senatorial website, but he has other means of communication.

“I have Facebook and Twitter,” he said, then moved to perhaps one of the most surprising Grassley quotes ever. “My hashtag today is #countytours.”‘