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‘Politiwoops’ Web site archives politicians’ deleted tweets

A new Web site provides an archive of tweets deleted by politicians, from President Obama and Mitt Romney to freshman lawmakers on Capitol Hill.

Politiwoops contains more than 3,000 tweets that were deleted by politicians over the past six months, according to the Sunlight Foundation, which produced the site.

.@keithellison if this was a test to see if we’re watching, we are.… #opengov

— Sunlight Foundation (@SunFoundation) May 30, 2012

The project is modeled on a Web site that was first produced in the Netherlands and then replicated in 12 other countries, including the United Kingdom, Spain and Estonia.

Each entry contains details on when the tweet was posted and when it was erased; some were deleted minutes after being posted, while others were scrubbed months later.

The types of deleted tweets run the gamut as well, from the inadvertent “pocket tweet” to messages that in hindsight may have been better left untweeted.

All members of Congress and presidential candidates’ tweets since late 2011 are stored on the site, and Sunlight Foundation spokeswoman Liz Bartolomeo said they will keep the tweets archived for “as long as the Twitter firehose exists.” 

It may not have the deleted tweets of former Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.), but the site is still well worth a visit.

Natalie Jennings is a Web producer for PostTV.


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