You can already watch politicians give earnest, impassioned and long-winded speeches on C-SPAN any time of day or night. But now, that messaging is coming to you — on social media.
Two Republican lawmakers are attempting to be the vanguard for this brave new future. On Thursday at 7 p.m. Eastern, Sens. John Thune (R-S.D.) and Jerry Moran (R-Kans.) tested out Periscope, Twitter's new tool for live-streaming what you're doing.
— Senator John Thune (@SenJohnThune) March 26, 2015
— Jerry Moran (@JerryMoran) March 26, 2015
"Sen. Thune is always interested in new technology and tried Meerkat recently," a Republican aide told the Post.
Twitter unveiled its app weeks after an alternative service, Meerkat, took the social media world by storm. But Meerkat has a drawback: You can't save the live videos you post online. Periscope is Twitter's stab at putting live video streaming into the hands of ordinary people.
This is just the beginning of a bigger wave in direct political messaging. Candidates will Periscope their campaign stops. Lawmakers will Periscope insta-statements from the Capitol. Even press conferences — actually, strike that. With Periscope, officials get to circumvent the press altogether. And that may be the biggest draw of all.