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Tea Party Movement Does Not Move Social Media

There is a strange phenomenon afoot in this country. The rumblings of an establishment of a "Tea Party" party can be heard growing louder and louder. The National Tea Party, a first-time convention for the group has attracted 1,100 delegates to Nashville, Tennessee for three days of protest, caucus and debate. It's a movement everyone says is people-powered to give voice to the frustrations of a heretofore leaderless party. With all this talk channeling through the traditional news vehicles of legacy newspapers and TV, why hasn't this group chosen to be represented on social networks?

For such a large event that draws on people who like to hear the sound of their own voice, one would think they would have a significant presence on Twitter and Facebook. If they are going to proselytize others to join their movement, social networking would seem like the logical distribution channel to amplify their message. Yet when I searched for their presence, my cursory research only surfaced this "Tea Party News"  account with just 2122 followers worldwide.



Their limited number of followers is not because they don't have a lot to tweet about. Note that this account has sent out 300,438 tweets as of the time of this posting. That's a lot of yakking to such a small nucleus of folks. ( UPDATE: There are apparently more Tea Party accounts on Twitter, but no collective voice under one banner).

Sarah PalinSarah PalinSince the convention is a three-day affair and is culminating with a keynote address by former Alaska governor Sarah Palin on February 6, one would think it would have been a 'trending' topic on Twitter. However over the course of this time-frame, it has not appeared.

In fact, I just checked the hashtag #teaparty before writing this post, and was surprised to see only a few tweets trickling in and none that talked about the Nashville convention?



When checking on the Top Ten Twitter trends for the week on 'What The Trend' again neither Tea Party nor Sarah Palin caused enough of a stir to make the list.

 Top Ten Twitter Topics for the Week according to 'What The Trend'Top Ten Twitter Topics for the Week according to 'What The Trend'

Noteworthy, the "Teabagging for Jesus" tweet (above) refers to another splinter group made up of the "Birthers," the "Deathers," and the "Deniers" who have embraced the extremist religious right agenda. And according to a Perrspectives report, "they are Tea Bagging for Jesus and they are in your face about it." Bearing in mind the sexual connotation of "teabagging" this seems like an odd choice of words to describe a serious movement. Upon further research, satirists have even developed a Web site in its name. But even those folks have given up hitting on the easy target. They have not updated the site since May 20, 2009.

 
Comments
Feb 6, 2010
by Anonymous

Even More Funny........

I would hardly blame the GOP for Scott Brown's election! Massachussetts is a one party state!

So to get elected he had to get the votes of independents and YOUR party members!

Feb 6, 2010
by Anonymous

Herding Cats: Why Organize? Virtual is Good Enough

Duh- You've got people who actively distrust government and who distrust BOTH political parties pretty much equally, and you don't understand why they aren't "Joiners" in the real world?

These Tea Party organizers, of whatever name, put themselves into the "suspicious" category as soon as they ask for my money. Screw that. I'll search out candidates saying the right things and, in these days of PayPal and Texting money, I'll channel my own funds.

Political parties existed to pool and then channel resources across long distances. Ooops.. long distance is now free. I can be in Florida and be part of a phone bank making calls for a candidate opposing the Evil John Murtha in PA. Why be a "Joiner" when the virtual world makes it possible to be an effective operative without an affiliation?

The author applies last-century criteria to this-century processes. Re-start your education by reading "Bowling Alone." It's linear evolution.

Feb 6, 2010
by Anonymous

Collection of Baggers

What a bunch of righ-wing wackos! Ever listen to these people? They have some of the most foolish, and weird thoughts and beliefs. lol They do NOT care about this country, they ONLY care about themselves. More rightwing religous wackos. They think there is NO global warming, there should be NO minorities here, NO religous freedom, NO right for a woman to control her own body, etc, etc. The list goes on and on and on. Crazy republican wackos.

Feb 6, 2010
by Anonymous

A mess of Tea Party accounts on Twitter

The liberal troll author states that it could only find one "tea party" account on Twitter. I found so many that I got tired of clicking next (while looking through them)

Feb 6, 2010
by Anonymous

Liberals.... the joke that keeps on giving

I am sure the author did what most liberals do. He decided that "teabaggers" could not be literate or know how to use a computer, so he ASSUMED there were no social networking sites.

Liberals do not need something as silly as facts or to do research, they have opinion!

Feb 6, 2010
by Anonymous

Left handed?

I understand soclialist, liberal, and leftist, but left handed? This type of hokum is what causes unjust bias in the first place. Not to mention you've also attempted to discredit education in the same swipe.

Next time you look at anything at all in your abode, notice that someone with a higher education had to go to some length to invent it, from the chemical treating of the wood to the fabrication of polymers and plastics. Or don't.

It seems pretty common for those bashing socialism to ignore all of the potential benefits, such as roads, medicare, or airplanes (look it up). The only problem with socialized programs is that the public that is to gain from it fights the benefits tooth and nail because of corporate and mass media scare tactics. That and corruption.

Feb 6, 2010
by Anonymous

Bingo! We Have a Winner!

The only problem with socialized programs is that the public that is to gain from it fights the benefits tooth and nail because of corporate and mass media scare tactics. That and corruption.

I'm a vet that gets great, free lifetime socialized medicine from my VA hospital, of course the VA hospital here in Fresno sure did get a heck of a lot better after the President Bush "cockroach and rat infested" Walter Reed Army Medical Center VA hospital scandal days.

Feb 6, 2010
by Anonymous

Tea Party Movement

There are a lot more folks disenfranchised with the federal government and the Obama regime than anyone knows. We'll see how devoted we are to oust those in all levels of government who spend our money as if there is a never ending supply. Watch the primaries. Watch the general elections. A change is coming that will restore hope, although the hope and change won't be that envisioned by the federal government troika of Obama, Reid and Pelosi.

Feb 6, 2010
by Anonymous

To David

Unfortunately for you, this country was built on the backs of the people you think you can peg down with some study. This is humanity, not a substance in a petri dish. The minute a psychological study claims to hold any degree of certainty for large groups, especially a group that encompasses people from all over the country with different backgrounds and experiences into simplified segments, it should at least be questioned. Probably rejected.

Personally, I think psychology as a study lacks many degrees of certainty because all the studies are conducted by biased people who are looking for an excuse to cut down people, so they can feel good about themselves for reading books.

Oh, also Rush Limbaugh and Ronald Regan support the progressive ideas like giving the Federal Reserve all the power to print the money. Regan appointed Greenspan for all you clueless Regan lovers. The Federal Reserve encourages the entire country to spend recklessly. For example, on pointless government programs. Which is probably something David advocates. David wants the government to spend on pointless programs that divide the people and propose that "liberals" are smarter than "conservative." Liberals are not afflicted with the disorder and are able to deal with ambiguity? Sounds like a program to induce division into the population to maintain the power structure. Specifically, allowing the Federal Reserve to control and manipulate the free market. Rush and Regan support spending on things like defense, body scanners, and the Patriot Act to protect us from all the "Radical Muslims" out there. Getting the government out of spending freely is what the Tea Party is about. The government has failed in both regards and bankrupted the richest freest country in the world. Ending the elites stranglehold over the people. Ending the media control and the financial control of the masses. Waking up the people, learning about our history and applying it to the current circumstances.

Oh yeah, if liberal thinking is so immune from this disorder as you claim. How is it possible for the government to convince a large segment of the country into believing that the planet is warming due to a substance that every animal and plant breathes. Sounds pretty simple, and probably does not pan out when research is done. In other words this idea is based jumping to conclusions, fear, keeping the population under control, and maintaining the current power structures.

The sad thing is your probably not an elite, and we should be helping each other to take back our country. But because you have never challenged your ideas and swallow the establishments doctrine hook line sinker, convincing you of reasonable ideas is next to impossible.

Feb 6, 2010
by Anonymous

It is what it is

One thing about conservatives is that they really stick together, unlike liberals. They take their marching orders and aren't allowed to come across an alternative opinion or realize facts. They will rather believe a lie than believe the truth. When Obama's out of office, liberals should learn from these teabaggers and just spread fear and lies to the American people. But we all know they don't have the stones like conservatives. It's funny how conservatives tried to discredit Ron Paul during the debates, but stole his Tea Party movement ideas and morphed it into loony uneducated people with no internet access to fact check what they repeat.

Feb 6, 2010
by Anonymous

Cletus the Slack Jawed Yokel

Most teabaggers are toothless illiterate confederates whose time is divided between maintaining the still behind their trailer and attending Klan rallies, so you see that social media--indeed machines that utilize electricity--are outside of their purview.

Feb 6, 2010
by Anonymous

The convention isn't the Tea Party

The 'tea party' is made up of many groups and individuals few of whom (comparatively) want to become the force behind some third party's PAC and political power. In the real events there is a ton of social media, live blogging, etc. You are right that that is one of the signs.

The group at the convention includes some real Tea Partiers, but also some opportunists. Whatever. No one has a copyright on the name.

Feb 6, 2010
by Anonymous

Tea Partiers

The tea party movement attracts two kinds of people: White Obama haters & hypocrites who sat on their thumbs while the guy they voted for twice (Bush) ruined the country. These bozos are beyond contempt. The only ones who take them seriously are the brain dead mainstream media.

Feb 6, 2010
by Anonymous

Check out Hampton Roads Tea Party

On Facebook, one of the Tea Parties is under Hampton Roads Tea Party and they send out regular updates. They might be listed by cities.

Feb 6, 2010
by Anonymous

Tea Party

The United States have had there fill of the hope and change Marxist Muslim and his policies,His communist and liberal czars,and the take over private businesses.We have spent billions of dollars for no good reason(including Acorn),along with trillion dollar budget deficit projected for the next ten years.The three stooges(Obama,Pelosi and Reid)thought with their large majority they could ramrod their agenda thru before the Americans noticed,but they failed.This movement has nothing to do with organization,it has to do with freedom and the federal government over stepping their authority.It has to do with illegal immigrants bring protected by government bureaucrats,while American families go on food stamps and lose there home.It has to do with paying over 200 billion dollars for fuel with all the resources we need right under our nose.Neither party has had the United States citizen interest a heart,it Globalism,ONE WORLD GOVERNMENT and the citizens are sick of it.Apologizing to Europe for saving there the ass,bowing to the King of Saudia Arabia,and the straw that broke the camel's back, total takeover of Healthcare.Get ready we are coming in November 2010 in mass and we will take our country back. An Independent Voter

Feb 6, 2010
by Anonymous

Hey Mr. Independent Voter:

Bet you voted for Bush.

Feb 6, 2010
by Anonymous

You are a clown.The main

You are a clown.The main down fall of the economy was the housing crisis and the failure or fannie and freddie,along with government regulators looking the other way.Dodd and Frank refused to listen to reason on this agenda along with the DEMOCRAT congress.Research the facts Bozo.

Feb 6, 2010
by Anonymous

I guess you voted for a

I guess you voted for a marxist Muslim born in Kenya!

Feb 6, 2010
by Anonymous

Born in Kenya....

Delusional and completely moronic tea party numbnuts like this whack job, are the main reason the Tea Party bowel movement is going nowhere fast.

Feb 6, 2010
by Anonymous

Independent for "Something"

Really independents are the largest growing group of voters. Members of BOTH parties are growing dissatisfied with the government as it is running now. Finger pointing on the Right and the Left is what is adding to the Tea Party. I am not a member of any party and have and will in the future vote for who ever has my best interest. We need more political parties in the US, too much power is entitled in a two party system. We are one of a handful of countries out there with a two party system, most of the others you have the dictator and opposition.

"If you choose between the lesser of two evils, at the end of the day, you still have evil." Ralph Nader, a third party candidate.

Feb 6, 2010
by Anonymous

Advertising Ignorance

This is an obvious knee-jerk liberal who does not understand anything outside his liberal group-think. Ronnie, did it occur to you that this is actually a collection of people with many different interests and concerns, not a band of clones a la MoveOn? Searching one particular hashtag is like researching global warming only by watching Gore's fantasy film.

Feb 6, 2010
by Anonymous

Global Warming are you

Global Warming are you Kidding me. This will be the worst winter since back in the 1800's People who actually study predict that the next 30 years the winters will gradually get colder and colder.Weather patterns change Pickup an almanac sometime.STOP DRINKING THE COOL AID>

Feb 6, 2010
by Anonymous

WAKE UP!!!

You can't reason with these teabaggers. They are too dumb to realize that the rich folks are using them as mules. It would be funny, if it wasn't so sad. All they're doing is embarrassing themselves to protect the same people who wouldn't care if they fell off the face of the earth. Job well done robots. It's not about consrvative vs liberal. It's about the rich vs poor. Which side are you on? They brainwash you with the "socialist and marxist" mumbo jumbo so that they can keep raping America. Hey Republikkkans, why don't you check how much money was given to ACORN under GW Bush. A lot more than Obama. Who are protecting the banks & Wall st? Repugs. Who wants to send more jobs overseas to make more profit? Repugs. Who wants healthcare reform to fail? Repugs. That means healthcare will be afforded by only the rich. You guys can pat yourselves on the back when it happens. When the teabaggers say Obama wants a ONE WORLD GOVERNMENT, they must've not seen Bush1 and Ronny Reagan call for it. Google is a fascinating thing. Oh and by the way it was on 9/11. Coincidence?

Feb 6, 2010
by Anonymous

Delusional and completely

Delusional and completely moronic hey!Served this country for 21 years in the US Navy and I have respect for the law of the land.It is a requirement that you furnish proof that you are eligible to hold the office of President,of which he has not done.He has spent almost a million dollars to seal his records before running for President.What is he hiding? This guy is a MORON.He is as lost as a goose in a fog and he is ruining the country!We need leadership in Washington bad.I am for throwing all the bums out and start over,with terms limits,no retirement,healthcare just as we have etc Washington is the problem and I hope to join those trying to change it,

Feb 6, 2010
by Anonymous

Never Happen ONE AND DONE!

Never Happen ONE AND DONE!

Feb 6, 2010
by Anonymous

Birther Bafoons

Anyone who thinks that the greatest country on this planet would let someone fool them into the Presidency is the real fool. You're saying that you people are smarter than our C.I.A. Intelligence. GW Bush will just take his word for it and hand it over. This is the reason why this country is going down the drain.

Feb 6, 2010
by Anonymous

Hey you just prove my point

Hey you just prove my point Bush was a republican Like I am a brain surgeon.He was a one world government guy so was his old man an so is Obama.I think the cause of all the jobs leaving the country is a treaty signed by slick Willie.What I am saying in few words is we need LEADERSHIP in WASHINGTON,AND INSTEAD WE HAVE THE THREE STOOGES (OBAMA,REID and PELOSI).

Feb 6, 2010
by Anonymous

just a bunch of hate

from the left and the right..WTF? no wonder we are in trouble. divide and conquer . We better find a common ground to stand on .or there will be no ground to stand on--
i feel sorry for the pathetic left and right of this country. the left fought Bush tooth and nail and the right fights Obama tooth and nail --we will soon be out of teeth, with no bite to fight for our freedom-Wake up- The tea party is a media branded effort that is bellittling a solid effort to be involved.. we are individuals with the power to stop this
proclaim your freedom and use it be yourself and use your brains for crying out loud!

Paul Phx az

Feb 6, 2010
by Anonymous

Ron Paul

The Man Who should be president--Why Does the media ignore this man?

youtube.com/watch?v=DKZmIzEMUN8

Feb 6, 2010
by Anonymous

Rich vs poor

Other countries are sitting back enjoying and watching us destroy this country without any outside help. The reason the left fought GW Bush "tooth and nail" was because he lied us into war, gave tax cuts to the Rich, the handling Katrina and leaving our economy burnt to the ground.