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Congress Tweeting 30% Less Since Weinergate

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"Bookman? The library investigator's name is actually Bookman? That's amazing. That's like an ice cream man named Cone."
-- Cosmo Kramer, Seinfeld

More than few Seinfeld fans invariably had that line pop into their heads when they learned that Rep. Anthony Weiner of New York may have inadvertently posted a pornographic photo of his, well, "Cone equivalent." Although early reports leaned toward his "I was hacked" defense, we've since learned that, yes, Weiner is that dumb and actually carried on extramarital correspondences and traceable offenses with several women before and during his marriage.

And, oh yeah, his wife is pregnant.

Despite claims that he will not step down from his congressional position, many think it's a foregone conclusion that this will lead to an inevitable resignation. In fact, since the errant Tweets have almost guaranteed career suicide, other members of Congress have put down their iPhones, Androids, and BlackBerries and altogether curbed their Twitter usage since the scandal broke.

TweetCongress, a site that collects congressional tweets, analyzed Twitter usage from both Republicans and Democrats over a month-long period -- from May 9 through June 8 -- to see how Weinergate has affected their online presence. Their results: Tweets are collectively down almost 30% since Weiner made a boo-boo.

The site also put together an attractive-looking infographic, also viewable on Mashable.

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