IS TWITTER REPLACING THE SMOKE FILLED ROOM?:
There are no smoke-filled backrooms in cyberspace — or even a spot for a simple hallway conversation.
So some lobbyists are shocked these days to walk into congressional offices and find staffers communicating not by phone but through Facebook. They’re surprised to witness members of Congress transfixed by their iPhones while updating their Twitter feeds. They’re puzzled to hear government officials suggest “meeting” by Google-chat.
These communication platforms are heady stuff for many veteran influence brokers, particularly those accustomed to communicating in a slightly more corporeal manner. And while just about every politico in the nation’s capital now amplifies message and mantra through social media, professional lobbying firms, which have long ranked among D.C.’s most social and media-savvy power brokers, have largely opted out.
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