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The official Parliament website has used a third party content provider to keep members of the public up to date with the day-to-day lives and political activities of MPs through the use of social media.

The official home of UK politics, www.parliament.uk, has enlisted the help of a third party content provider to allow visitors to the site to read the thoughts and conversations of MPs and other senior politicians as they communicate in real time with their constituents and other politicians, using Twitter.

The Twitter feed, which filters all Tweets to include only those from Members of Parliament and the official Parliament feed is powered by www.Tweetminster.co.uk and is intended to help make politics within the UK more transparent.

The Parliament website will use the third party widget to help visitors engage with the thought processes of the 49 current cross-party MPs using Twitter, including Kerry McCarthy, John Prescott, George Galloway, Lembit Öpik, Grant Schapps and many more.

Alberto Nardelli, co-founder of Tweetminster.co.uk, had the following to say.

“This demonstrates that politics in the UK has finally accepted that online social media has an important role to play in harbouring trust and a sense of familiarity between MPs and the public. To be the first service used by Parliament.uk to open up politics to the general public, is both flattering and testament to the hard work that everybody involved with Tweetminster has put in. We’re really proud to be taken seriously to the point where our service is featured on the official Parliament site.

“Our hope is for visitors to the parliament website to gain a greater insight into the lives of the people that make up UK politics, in a breakthrough bid to improve trust and communications between electorates and their voters, in a sector that is typically seen as guarded.”

Tweetminster has also recently released a new application called the TweetMinster Wire that allows members of the public and the media to track, follow and engage around UK politics and the issues that matter in real time by using the power of Twitter directly from their desktop.

The TweetMinster Wire pulls together politically relevant conversations from Twitter and allows people to follow and access the Twitter streams of:

• Members of Parliament
• Prospective Parliamentary Candidates
• All major parties
• Parliament and Government Departments
• Downing Street
• Relevant conversations – TweetMinster’s secret sauce to capture content of relevance.

The TweetMinster Wire acts as a Twitter client letting people participate within these conversations and also to post, reply and direct message friends and followers, and thereby aims to foster a community around UK politics. The desktop application also allows users to search for keywords used on Twitter and compare the term or name with the news stories of that day, to see why a topic peaked on a specific day by seeing its references within those days’ articles.

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For further information or to arrange an interview with Alberto Nardelli, the co-founder of Tweetminster, please contact Shannon Haigh, 10 Yetis Public Relations Agency on 01452 348 211, shannon@10yetis.co.uk.


Editors Notes

TweetMinster

TweetMinster has been featured in the Spectator, on BBC 1’s the Politics Show, in the Guardian, the Times, Springwise, Mashable, Computer Active, WebUser and many more.

TweetMinster Ltd is a privately-held company based in London, UK. Launched in December 2008, TweetMinster is a service that makes it easier to connect the public with politics using Twitter. TweetMinster allows to track UK politics in real time, and to find and follow Members of Parliament (or invite them to use Twitter if they're not already doing so) and Prospective Parliamentary Candidates.
By encouraging participation and through open conversations, TweetMinster promotes better and more transparent communication between voters and elected representatives.

http://www.tweetminster.co.uk
On Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/tweetminster

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