Lawmakers on Twitter just trying to connect, cofounder says

Members of Congress and celebrities use Twitter as a means for communicating more directly with their constituents or fans, one of Twitter's cofounders said Thursday night.

"I think the congressmen and the celebrities are a similar case," Twitter cofounder Biz Stone said during an appearance Thursday night on "The Colbert Report."

Stone cited a deeper connection and message control as an incentive for politicians and celebrities to be on Twitter.

"I think there are a two reasons why they're twittering," Stone explained. "One, I think a lot of celebrities -- not all of them -- find a deeper connection with fans."

Stone added: "I think other celebrities...the appeal there is that not only are they connecting with fans, they're controlling their messaging -- the tabloids aren't."

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(Cross-posted at the Briefing Room.)