Twitter CEO Appointed to Obama’s Advisory Committee

Here at OSM we’ve written many articles recently about the growing influence of social media on politics. for example Tim Pawlenty and Newt Gingrich announcing presidential bids on Facebook, social media and the Obama campaign and most recently how the White House has launched a rapid response Twitter feed. Now we have news that Twitter’s CEO, Dick Costolo, has been appointed to President Obama’s advisory committee.

Costolo only became Twitter CEO a few months ago and was previously its COO, and now President Obama has announced his appointment to the National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee (NSTAC). The role of this committee is keep the U.S. government informed about the “availability and reliability of telecommunication services” according to Don Reisinger over on Cnet. Others also added to the committee were Microsoft’s Scott Charney and McAfee president David DeWalt.

President Obama said of the appointments, “I am proud to appoint such impressive men and women to these important roles, and I am grateful they have agreed to lend their considerable talents to this Administration. I look forward to working with them in the months and years ahead.” The appointment of Twitter’s CEO certainly indicates the recognition of just what a force Twitter now is upon global communications. With recent major news events such as the death of Osama Bin Laden, the news has come out first on Twitter, rather than on the usual media outlets. It seems that social networking and social media then will continue to have more impact upon politics than ever before.

We’d be interested to hear your thoughts on this. Do you think it’s a good thing that politicians are keeping up with the times and acknowledging the role of social media in politics? Why not let us have your comments on this.