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McCaskill Uses Twitter To Communicate from D.C.

U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill says she has added a new way to communicate with her constituents: she "tweets" KSMU's Jennifer Moore explains.

"Tweeting" is the term given to posting a short blog through the social networking service "Twitter."

The senator says she likes using Twitter because it’s direct communication with the people of Missouri, and because there are no editors or middle-men involved.

"It only takes a minute. So when I'm traveling on the tram from my office in the Hart Building over to the floor of the Senate, or when I'm walking between hearings, I can--I think about, 'Okay, what would I want people at home to know about,'" McCaskill said.

Twitter is now ranked as the third most-popular social networking service, after Facebook and MySpace. Users post brief updates, known as "tweets," which are then displayed on the user’s profile page. The brief updates are delivered to other Twitter users who have signed up to receive them from a particular person.

For KSMU News, I'm Jennifer Moore.

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