Joining the Word of Twitter

This week I dusted off the old twitter account from freshman year that I made for an intro journalism class, and jumped back into the Twitter world. Since I still am newish to the platform, I expect that this list will change drastically throughout the semester, however for the time being I have narrowed down a list of Massachusetts-centered people to follow to get updates on all things politics on Beacon Hill.

1.@MassGovernor: Who better to start off the list than the Governor of Massachusetts, Charlie Baker? Given he is one of the most heavily involved people in Boston-politics, as well as state-wide politics, this was a Twitter account I couldn’t afford to not follow

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2.@marty_walsh: If I was going to follow Charlie Baker, a logical next step was to follow his Boston-based colleague Mayor Marty Walsh. Given how much is going on in both the national and state election, a vast majority of his tweets have to do with politics. Although I’m secretly hoping Baker and him will release another parody music video.

3. & 4. @MassGOP and @massdems: I lumped these two together so this post didn’t look like I was biased either way. I decided to follow both of these accounts because they frequently use the hashtag #mapoli, for obvious reasons. Although the GOP has a smaller following in Massachusetts (both literally and on Twitter), both accounts have a lot at stake in the upcoming local elections. Although most of the things they tweet will have a slant, by following both hopefully I can find a happy middle ground.

5.@titojackson: After following the wrong Tito Jackson initially (from the Jackson 5, oops!) the RIGHT Tito Jackson seemed like a logical person to follow on twitter. Jackson has been incredibly vocal about this year’s state ballot questions, especially about lifting the charter school cap. He represents district 7, and represents all of Roxbury, and parts of South End, Dorchester, and Fenway.

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“Right” Tito

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6.@ShiraCenter: Shira Center is a political editor at the Boston Globe. I will be checking this account less frequently than others however, because there also are a good number of tweets that are more “personal” than “newsworthy”.

7. @FeliceBelman: Felice Belman is another political editor for the Boston Globe. Unlike Center, there appears to be more postings regarding political news (even if they are mostly from the Boston Globe). As my Twitter-ness develops, I am hoping to expand outside the Boston Globe circle.

8.@SenMikeMoore: Senator Michael Moore represents Worcester district. Since he is a representative in the local legislature, he frequently tweets about local issues, especially the local ballot questions. He also retweets often.
9.@KennyTorrella: Kenny Torrella is an activist who works at “Yes on 3 to Prevent Animal Cruelty in MA”. Since this is the ballot question I feel like I know the least about, I wanted to see what his twitter feed would look like. I am trying to find an opponent of the ballot question to follow as well. Torrella already messaged me with a link to read more about his initiative, so following seems like a good thing.

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10. @SoniaChangDiaz: Sonia Chang-Diaz is another state senator representing the 2nd Suffolk District. Since she is the chair for the Joint Committee on Education, and there’s a ballot question surrounding public schools vs. charter schools, I thought it would be interesting to see what she tweets/retweets on the matter.

I will definitely be adding to these throughout the semester, and following the #mapoli on TweetDeck!

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