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Edelman recently released the findings of our 2011 Capital Staffers Index which is our annual study that analyzes trends in communications and public affairs. [View full size]

A new study by Edelman, the 2011 Capital Staffers Index, shows the meteoric rise in Twitter use and social media channels is shaping and influencing policy worldwide. Policymakers have shown a dramatic increase in their use of social media channels such as Twitter, Facebook and mobile technology in the last year. This underscores the importance of social media and the Internet in educating policymakers and galvanizing them to support a policy issue.

h/t David Almacy