Remember that time John McCain mocked "Vlad" Putin? So does the Internet.
Stephen Fincher, Congressional representative of the 8th district of Tennessee, once posted the following observation to his Twitter feed:
Half an hour after posting his message, however, Fincher deleted it -- thus depriving the world not only of an opportunity for comparative textual analysis, but also for conversational interaction with a politician. Post, think better of it, delete. That might have been the end of things. A small insight into a politician (or, at least, into the staffer of a politician) lost to history.
Until now, that is. Today, the transparency-minded folks over at the Sunlight Foundation are releasing a new service: Politwoops, which exists solely to resurface deleted tweets from politicians' accounts. The project follows the official Twitter feeds of, among others, President Obama, members of Congress, and presidential candidates; when a pol has a deleted a tweet, Politwoops records the deletion and archives the message. It also records, helpfully, the time of deletion and the amount of time elapsed between posting and deletion. Think Tweleted, only politics-focused and operational.