When I was a boy we didn't have no hashtags on Twitter. We just tweeted what we meant to say and let everyone sort it out for themselves. That's the way it was and that's the way we liked it.
Or at least that's my excuse for forgetting so many times to add the #nmleg hashtag to my tweets about the Legislature.
But apparently, according to a news release from The Garrity Group Public Relations firm, a lot of people are not forgetting that hashtag.
From January 16 through January 23, the #NMLEG hashtag was populated by 479 contributors in 2,419 tweets, reaching nearly 7.5 million people. The tweets appeared on 7,596,750 timeline deliveries. The data is pulled from The Garrity Group’s Hashtag Tracker account. The online conversations ranged from education, teachers, taxes, the economy, to labor and right-to-work laws and reform. ...
Nearly 7.6 million timeline deliveries. Just think how much it would be if I didn't keep forgetting to use the hashtag!
“Through our government relations and issue management practice, we know that Twitter will continue to grow as a media for people to engage elected leadership. While a lot of the Twitter traffic peaked with the opening of the legislative session, our tracking shows continued growth of Twitter as a way for residents to keep up with the events of the 60 day legislative session. As the session continues its track, it will be interesting to see what issues will trigger high twitter traffic and if any issue will go viral,” said Tom Garrity, The Garrity Group president.
Garrity knows a few things about the Legislature. A few years ago he served as the spokesman for the state Senate leadership.
According to the release, "The buzz words most associated with #NMLEG include #NMPOL, House and Gov, indicating a lot of interest in the new House of Representatives leadership."