Friday, March 7, 2014
So, I woke up this morning and guess who was in my Twitter feed again? None other than the renowned Twitter sex symbol, Anthony Weiner. Not to imply that I was the lucky recipient of one of Weiner's legendary, and moderately endowed, twitpics. Alas, no. But, once again, Twitter is on fire with #weiner.
According to The New York Times, Mr. Weiner has thrown his hat in the ring of the NYC mayoral race. He announced his candidacy via YouTube video, once again embracing (fondling?) social media. Unfortunately, and there seems to be a theme here, his good intentions did not go exactly as planned ...
"The campaign video was apparently posted prematurely. Although Mr. Weiner was expected to declare his candidacy on Wednesday, the video went up in the middle of the night, and then for a time disappeared from the candidate’s YouTube page and his campaign web site. By sunrise, the campaign web site had been updated, with the video displayed prominently, and an orange and blue header reading “Weiner for Mayor.” However, on some devices, users continued to see outdated content associated with Mr. Weiner’s congressional campaign, and even the updated version of the site still included a link to a Facebook page that had not been updated in two years." — The New York Times
Not being a political expert, I'm not really going to take a position here. However, when Bill "I did not have sex with that woman" Clinton won't get behind you, it seems like your return to politics may be, shall we say, a little premature? More important, it sounds like Hilary is having none of it. And Hilary is smart, and very powerful. And, Weiner's wife Huma Abedin, is her longtime aide.
"Anthony Weiner May Think He's Closer Friends with the Clintons Than They Do" - The Atlantic Wire
"The Clintons wish Weiner would just disappear," an anonymous Democratic source told the New York Post earlier this month. Every time he pops up, it's a reminder of Bill's scandal with Monica Lewinsky, and it isn't helpful to Hillary's hopes for 2016.' Weiner and the former president have in common a sex scandal and a craving for adoration on Twitter."
It's all so sordid. I love it.
Anyway, enough of my heavy breathing. I'm much more interested in hearing what you think about Mr. Weiner's candidacy in the age of social media.
Forgiven? Forsaken? Too soon? Not soon enough?
Tell me what you think. In the comments section here or, of course, on Twitter. You can find me at @bobbbyg
I'll leave you with some tweets from the #weiner gallery below.
Lastly, I'd like to thank Mr. Weiner for starting my day off with a bang. Possibly a poor choice of words, but I couldn't resist.
Photo Credit: The Associated Press
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Rob works as a digital marketing & public relations consultant to agencies, brands, and individuals. He has 20 years of marketing experience. He also currently serves in a volunteer capacity as director of pr/communications for TEDxDirigo. From 2005-2011, Rob served as director of social media & agency communications at The VIA Agency (Portland). Prior to VIA, Rob worked with several PR & advertising agencies in London & Boston. He is a graduate of The University of Vermont (UVM) and a Maine transplant (2002).
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