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Politicians be warned: Politwoops is saving your deleted tweets

May 30, 2012|By Salvador Rodriguez
  • The Sunlight Foundation has launched a new service that saves tweets deleted by politicians.
The Sunlight Foundation has launched a new service that saves tweets deleted… (Politwoops )

Politicians might want to get tech-savvy fast or just leave their social media to an expert, because the days of do-overs are done.

A new website that records every tweet published and subsequently deleted by politicians was launched Wednesday, and it's not cutting any of our publicly elected officials a break.

The new site, called Politwoops and launched by the Sunlight Foundation, already has more than 300 pages of collected tweets from members of Congress, the president and other presidential hopefuls, according to its press release.

Politwoops records the deleted tweet, the time it was tweeted and how long after until it was deleted. The site also includes pages for each politician and allows users to search tweets as well as sort by political party.

"From minor typos to major gaffes, Politwoops is now there to offer a searchable window into what they hoped you didn't see," Politwoops' press release reads.

The Sunlight Foundation based their version of Politwoops off of the original site, which is run in the Netherlands by an organization called the Open State Foundation to track its own politicians.

The site has already stored 3,000 tweets and counting. Among the notables is one of Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) mocking Russia's Vladamir Putin after his last election, and another from Rep. James Clyburn (D-S. Carolina) that simply reads "Ggfhdieodgih." Nothing like a good 'ole gibberish tweet.


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