For the third year in a row, House Democrats held a competition to pull themselves into the social media age. For three weeks, Democratic representatives tried to pile up as many new followers as possible across various social media platforms. Rep. Jared Polis of Colorado took home MVP, compiling 31,578 new Facebook fans, Twitter followers and YouTube subscribers combined.
House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer
organized the battle for social media supremacy, which also included head-to-head competitions between Democrats in each house committee and caucus. The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee
took its category, while the Congressional Black Caucus
outpaced its competition. All together, the entire Democratic field gained over 139,000 new followers, according to a press release
Polis topped several other social media savvy members, including Rep. Bruce Braley
of Iowa, who gained 12,904 followers, and Rep. Karen Bass
of California, who accumulated 12,879 new followers. While Bass and Braley's Twitter feeds might not be filled with Polis-level humor, they do best Polis in the visual category. Braley has a recent series of pics of him on a biking trip
. Bass frequently posts snapshots of her speaking appearances
around the country.
The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee
Democrats stepped up their game during the competition, tweeting
up to eight times a day this past week. The second place House Foreign Affairs Committee
Democrats apparently had better things to do, only tweeting once
all of July.