Members of Congress and their press secretaries are usually the only individuals in a congressional office to be mindful that their Twitter feed is being carefully watched. That is about to change. Staffers on Capitol Hill were reminded on Wednesday that LegiStorm, a subscription based web site providing real time data about the people of Congress to the public, will begin tracking information coming from all Congressional staffers’ Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Pinterest and other social media accounts. According to LegiStorm:
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Given the expansion of LegiStorm’s services, it should be expected that some Congressional staffers will choose to have separate private accounts for tweeting about their favorite sports teams and other non-related Capitol Hill issues. Some staffers bemoan that their online political snark may have to be tamped down a notch or two.