Researchers from the University of Maryland who plodded through more than 6,000 Twitter postings by members of Congress have found - surprise! - that politicians spend most of their time on Twitter promoting themselves.
The study was designed to determine whether the social networking revolution, and specifically the arrival of Twitter, had opened a new era of dialogue between elected leaders and the public.
But the College Park team found that 80 percent of the postings fell into two categories: links to news articles and news releases, and status updates that chronicle the politician's latest trip to the sawmill or the supermarket.
Like this dispatch from Democrat Rep....