TechPresident reports that a microblogging war has broken out in the halls of Congress.
Have we spotted (or started) a trend? Now, after my story on Rep. John Culberson’s (R-Texas) Twittering from the House floor, Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio) has just tweeted that he is "getting ready to twitter from the House floor.
Click the images to read the congressmen’s tweets.
This is so cute. "It’s like watching a child learning to go to the toilet on their own. ‘Look, ma, I’m twittering!’"
Seriously, my understanding is that CongressTwitters are in violation of a House rule prohibiting the usage of electronic wireless devices from inside the chamber. Tell that to the Crackberry users…
[UPDATE: A high-ranking source on the Hill emailed me to correct that: "You can’t use ‘wireless phones and you can’t use ‘personal computers but blackberries, pagers, and texting are allowed. I believe it was after Sept 11th that the rules were changed due to the communications breakdown that happened, but I can find the language for you if it’s of interest. Also, if you watch CSPAN 1 for more than two minutes, you’ll see at least one Member or staff blackberrying."}
Oh, look, he did another! His staffer better explain about that 140 character limit, though.
So who’s your money on the first Colorado delegation member to break out the Blackberry and tweet the House floor proceedings, twhirl what they had for lunch or liveblog a cloakroom catfight?