Tweet Congress, the nonprofit website that helped push a number of politicians to join the twittersphere — and made a few of them deeply regret it — plans to relaunch in the next month, CNBC.com has learned.
Co-founder Chris McCroskey said in an interview this week that a new version of the politician-tweet-tracking website will be up and running in the next few weeks, roughly three years after its original effort went offline.
Most infamously, Tweet Congress was instrumental in helping bring down Anthony Weiner, after the then-New York congressman, married to a Hillary Clinton aide, tweeted a protuberant image of his boxer-briefed flanks to a 21-year-old woman who was following him on Twitter. Weiner immediately denied that he had sent the tweet, and claimed his account had been compromised. But metadata Tweet Congress provided at the time to the now-defunct publication, The Daily, laid the lie to Weiner's equivocations, and he eventually 'fessed up and resigned from office.
McCroskey said his group is in the process of opening up additional versions of its site for European countries, starting with Slovakia.
Tweet Congress originally launched in 2008 as part of a campaign to encourage members to bypass the mainstream media and interact more directly with their constituents through social media. However, the site soon became better known for its impressive archive of congressional tweets, which included those that members had retroactively tried to to delete from the social-sharing network.