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Social Media

Social media platforms like Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube are useful tools for members of Congress to gauge public opinion on issues and to communicate with their constituents, but they are not the best way for constituents to communicate to them.

Every member of Congress has at least one social media account and posts regularly online. Although congressional offices have reported using it more and more to monitor the public opinion of their constituents. It has also become a useful tool for them to bypass traditional media and communicate with their voters. Lawmakers are starting to recognize the importance of social media in discussing their policy positions and explaining their votes to the people. ​

A picture of the twitter logo that is cartooned and is saying "tweet"

We ranked it the 7th least effective way to contact Congress because there is a lot of noise out there, so it is hard for you to stand out from the crowd. To put it into perspective, on Twitter there are around 6,000 tweets posted per second, which means 350,000 tweets per minute, 500 million tweets per day, and around 200 billion tweets per year. With all that racket, members are not expected to respond to every post, and your message can easily be overlooked or ignored without political repercussions.​