The Romney-Ryan campaign paid good money ($120,000 per day) for the Twitter hashtag #areyoubetteroff. Then they waited for the “no” answers to roll in. And waited. And waited.
Maybe because … we ARE better off than four years ago?
That might be a story. Or the story might be the craziness of Tweet-counting, the latest form of keeping track of the horse race without engaging with issues. Apparently the Democratic convention got lots more Tweets than the Republicans. You can find stats on how many Tweets-per-minute each speaker got. According to HuffPost:
President Obama’s speech last week at the DNC produced a record of 52,757 tweets a minute on Twitter. The week before, Governor Romney’s speech sparked 14,239 tweets a minute.
What does this kind of reporting mean? Do we need it — or is it just one more way to shift focus from issues to analytics?