‘Attack Tweet’ Amuses Gov. Cuomo

A visual approximation of what attack tweets from Andrew Cuomo could look like. (Photo composite: Spencer Platt/Getty)
A visual approximation of what attack tweets from Andrew Cuomo could look like. (Photo composite: Spencer Platt/Getty)

The governor of New York is extremely amused by the concept of an “attack tweet.”

Andrew Cuomo was asked today about City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito’s apparent social media broadside, in which she seemed to criticize his “SILENCE” on the East Harlem building collapse that rocked her district last week. Continue reading “‘Attack Tweet’ Amuses Gov. Cuomo”

#Fromentum Momentum Meets Social Media Backlash

#GoWithTheFro
The de Blasio campaign’s latest social media effort.

Fro no!

Mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio’s campaign has been bolstered by the very prominent role of his biracial family including, most notably, his 15-year-old son, Dante. But some feel that Mr. de Blasio’s campaign is going too far in capitalizing on the appeal of his son’s prominent afro.

Yesterday, the campaign released a new image intended to make the rounds on social media, with the hashtag, “GoWithTheFro.” While the media’s fascination with Dante’s hair had already raised eyebrows among some critics, the latest effort struck a nerve among many supporters.

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Mayor Bloomberg and Governor Cuomo: A Tale of Two Instagrams

Mayor Bloomberg and Governor Cuomo, as seen on Instagram.
Mayor Bloomberg and Governor Cuomo, as seen on Instagram.

If their administrations could be summed by Instagram alone, Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Governor Andrew Cuomo would be a fascinating study in contrasts.  And one of the two top Empire State politicians is clearly much more at home on the popular photo sharing site. Continue reading “Mayor Bloomberg and Governor Cuomo: A Tale of Two Instagrams”

Mayor Bloomberg Condemns ‘Twittering’ in Schools

(Photo: Twitter.com)
(Photo: Twitter.com)

At a morning press conference announcing new Hurricane Sandy initiatives, Mayor Michael Bloomberg didn’t just wade into the Israel-Palestine dispute, he also defended New York City’s cell phone ban in public schools.

“Kids should be in the classroom listening to the teacher,” he declared after a reporter asked him if Murry Bergtraum High School’s lack of regular phone service might prompt him to rethink the policy. “Not playing games, not Facebooking, Twittering, emailing, texting, or anything else. We’ve made that decision a long time ago. Cell phones are very destructive to the education process.”

Mr. Bloomberg then jokingly chastised a journalist in front of him to embellish his point.

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The Wit and Wisdom of Joe Lhota

Before MTA Chairman Joe Lhota announced he would be stepping down from his post to run for mayor, the former Giuliani administration aide was a prolific Twitter user. Though Mr. Lhota’s Twitter feed has been silent since earlier this month, his earlier tweets shed light on the Republican candidate’s thoughts on a wide variety of subjects.  Continue reading “The Wit and Wisdom of Joe Lhota”

Peter Vallone: ‘I’m Just Learning the Twitter Thing’

 Peter Vallone: Im Just Learning the Twitter Thing
Councilman Peter Vallone’s Twitter avatar. (Photo: Twitter)

Queens Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. has long maintained a prolific and popular presence on Facebook, but last month, he added Twitter to his social media repertoire. Though Mr. Vallone started sending tweets September 12, New York City politicos somehow didn’t seem to see the account until last week. As soon as we heard the news Mr. Vallone joined Twitter we reached out to discuss his plans for his posts on the site, whether he’ll be maintaining his Facebook page and speculation he may run for Queens Borough President or District Attorney once he’s term-limited out of the Council at the end of next year.

“I’m just learning the Twitter thing. I don’t even know how to respond or anything like that. I’m not sure what happens once I tweet…I don’t know how to check to see if people paid attention to my tweet. I’m just learning this stuff,” said Mr. Vallone. Continue reading “Peter Vallone: ‘I’m Just Learning the Twitter Thing’”