Look to see more of Sen. John ThuneJohn Randolph ThuneSenate panel approves GOP tax plan Republicans see rising Dem odds in Alabama Overnight Health Care: Nearly 1.5M sign up for ObamaCare so far | Schumer says Dems won't back ObamaCare deal if it's tied to tax bill | House passes fix to measure letting Pentagon approve medical treatments MORE on Twitter -- the South Dakota Republican was named one of the three co-chairmen of the Congressional Internet Caucus on Wednesday.

Thune will help lead the 150-member caucus, consisting of lawmakers in both parties and both houses, as the Congress continues to increase its use of new media and Web 2.0 technologies to craft and deploy messages.

Thune, a newcomer to Twitter whose first tweet came on April 7, tweeted Wednesday:
Just named Co-Chair of the Cong. Internet Caucus-- bipartisan/bicameral group with over 150 members. DM me with your ideas or suggestions.


Thune's reference of a "DM" refers to a "direct message" two followers of Twitter can send to each other through the microblogging service. The direct messages are still fewer than 140 characters, but are private messages, unlike "@" replies users exchange with each other.