Poll: Should All Elected Officials Have Twitter Accounts—And Really Use ’Em?

Supervisor Dianne Jacob's Twitter account

When Pope Benedict XVI starts tweeting Dec. 12 at @Pontifex, he’ll be following a long line of public figures and high-profile politicians on that social media fixture, including President Obama. Locally, county Supervisor Dianne Jacob started tweeting Nov. 2, with her first note saying: “I’m finally on Twitter. I’ll tweet about the county. But first, I’m breathing a sigh of relief after that Chargers game last night.” The AP reports: “The Vatican said Monday the pope will be using a question and answer format in his first Tweet, focusing on answering questions about faith—in 140 characters.”  Is a Twitter account—and active use of it—becoming mandatory for public servants, elected or otherwise?