I was speaking with one of my local representatives who had just gotten back from DC, apparently twitter and facebook are suddenly a must have item (welcome to 3 years ago) among aging politicians and the sign of what is apparently being coined a "hip" politician. The way it was explained made it sound more like a ploy politicians are trying to get in on rather than a genuine attempt to reach out to the public. Do you follow any politicians on social networks and does it effect how you would vote? To me it seems about on par with your grandma adding you to facebook. I could see benefits if they actually used it to hear from the people they represent, but anymore I am skeptical of politicians motivations, do I really want to know that Sarah Palin is on a road trip with her kids?