Election 2010: Pelosi to bid farewell to @SpeakerPelosi handle?
There will be many changes this January when the new delegates to Congress arrive in Washington to take on their new jobs, and the defeated return home. Although many of those changes will happen behind closed doors of the office buildings on Capitol Hill, one very public viewing will occur on Twitter.
For the congressional delegates who opted for a Twitter name that refers to their job, a public switch will have to happen come January. Already the Twitter crowd is debating the most prominent name change: @SpeakerPelosi. Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) will handle over the title of speaker of the House to John Boehner (R-Ohio) this winter. Will her Twitter handle follow? A hashtag has started from gloating Republicans: #NewTweetNameForPelosi.
But Pelosi is not alone in the identity crisis. A quick scan of defeated incumbents show 16 Twitter handles that will no longer be precisely accurate after the congressional handover. Gene Taylor (D-Miss.), Charles Djou (R-Hawaii) and Zack Space (D-Ohio) will all need to come up with new Twitter handles (they are now @RepGeneTaylor, @RepCharlesDjou and @RepZackSpace), as they no longer will be representatives.
Some representatives joined specifically for the campaign. Their Twitter accounts (@CaoForCongress for Joseph Cao (R-La.) or @Kosmos2010 for Suzanne Kosmos (D-Fla.) will simply suffer a Twitter death.
Nine others will have to think about rewording their Twitter biography. Ike Skelton (D-Mo.), for instance, will no longer represent "the 4th District of Missouri" as "Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee" after 34 years in office, as it reads at @ikeskelton. Sen. Russ Feingold (D-Wis.) will no longer be a "U.S. Senator from the great state of Wisconsin," as it says at @russfeingold.
Here's the rest of the list I caught. Let me know if I missed any: @Foster4Congress, @RepHalvorson, @RepDinaTitus, @TeamSheaPorter, @Harry4Congress, @JohnHallNY, @RepMikeMahon, @RepJohnBoccieri, @RepCWilson, @ChrisCarneyPA10, @Kanjo4Congress, @Stephanie4SD and @JoeForUSSenate.
Twitter needs to start a graveyard for fallen handles, a Web site littered with hopes and dreams.
In the spirit of change, what should some of these soon-to-be-laypersons' new handles be? Play nice, now. No one likes smug winners.
My vote for Pelosi: @PelosiPerseveres. It's available, Pelosi. Have at it.
TweetTweet using #newtwittername or use the comments below. We'll re-post the best answers back in this blog.
(For a full ranking of those defeated in Tuesday's race, check out WhoRunsGov's round-up here.)
| November 3, 2010; 10:18 AM ET
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