Anthony Gemma has a new Twitter feed: @Gemma4Congress

July 19th, 2012 at 3:42 pm by under Nesi's Notes, On the Main Site

When I checked in on Twitter this afternoon, I found a somewhat surprising message.

The tweet from @Gemma4Congress, which arrived at about 2:35 p.m, said: ”Thank You so much for your support of @AnthonyGemma, @tednesi.”

Now, as a reporter I make an effort not to support one candidate over another, particularly in races that I’m covering. Nor did I recall publicly declaring my support for Gemma over his Democratic opponent David Cicilline on Twitter, or anywhere else for that matter.

But I did send this tweet at 1:35 p.m.: “NARLAL Pro-Choice America endorses @davidcicilline, says @anthonygemma ‘is attempting a make-over’ on his abortion stance.” And judging by the @Gemma4Congress page, it’s programmed to send an automatic “thank you” to those who mention @anthonygemma.

This may not come as a surprise considering Gemma’s social-networking skills have already drawn considerable critical attention. At this writing, @Gemma4Congress has accumulated 13,683 followers just nine days after sending its first tweet, far surpassing @davidcicilline’s 3,432.

Most of the @Gemma4Congress tweets are those automated thank-yous, but there are also job postings (#GemmaJobs), weather reports (“It’s going to be PM Thunderstorms tomorrow!”), photos (a Central Falls senior event), and of course inspirational quotations: ”Dream your dreams with your eyes closed but live your dreams with your eyes open!” Who can argue with that?

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8 Responses to “Anthony Gemma has a new Twitter feed: @Gemma4Congress”

  1. Heavens to Betsy it is even worse than I thought. All of those 13,683 follows must be paid for as any real human would quickly unfollow after receiving that barrage of auto-tweets in their feed.

  2. SGH says:

    Lots of dummy accounts there with 0 tweets. Names like “Prentice Schoemaker” or “Lancelot Tewell” or “Halstead Denmark” or “Pietrek Currance” or “Honig Erwin”. Large numbers of them don’t put spaces before periods, and a great many seem to label their interests as “beeraholic” or some such thing.

  3. Albert says:

    I’m sure that will get him over the top.

  4. Bob says:

    Gemma’s electronic support is as mythical as his voter support. It is entirely appropriate his last fundraiser was at a restaurant named “Vanity”, assuming that “No Chance Saloon” was not available.

  5. Albert says:

    Ernie and Leo have not even turned the Cicilline machine on.

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