Politics & Government

Politicians feel tug of online networking

WASHINGTON — His favorite movie is “Braveheart,” and his favorite TV show is “24.” He also loves playing tennis, running and sailing, according to his Facebook page.

His job title? U.S. senator.

When it comes to using social networking sites and other modern forms of communication, Sen. Jim DeMint, R-S.C., is embracing new ways of reaching out to constituents. He has pages on MySpace, YouTube, Flickr, Twitter and some other Internet sites.

That makes him one of the most active members of Congress, at least in the Carolinas. Others have begun using the Web tools, as well, to share news about their legislative work and campaign activity.

These days, that involves tweeting and friending and flickering and feeding.

“What we are seeing is it's probably more crucial policy- and legislative-wise now than from a campaign standpoint,” said Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., who has a sparse Facebook page but a souped-up Web site that was just unveiled this week and will offer a blog and more audio and video features.

“I don't think we can ignore the folks that are more likely to get their news off of some type of online source or (talk show host) Jon Stewart vs. ones that have subscriptions to the newspaper,” he said.

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