May 27, 2022

What Does Deleted Mean? “Politwoops 2013: The Year’s Top Politicians and Their Best Deletions from Twitter”

Politwoops, made available in the U.S. by the Sunlight Foundation, is an interesting (in some cases, also fascinating and useful) service that tracks and resurrects (undeletes, if you prefer) deleted tweets from U.S. politicians (congress, governors, etc.).

In other words, if a politician deletes a tweet it’s brought back online and made accessible (search or browse) to all via the Politwoops web site. Undeleted tweets are also indexed and searchable by Google.

In a recent blog post, Nicko Margolies from the Sunlight Foundation shares a look at some of the “best deletions” from Twitter during 2013. 

Direct to: “Politwoops 2013: the year’s top politicians and their best deletions from Twitter”

Btw, Politwoops tracks the deleted tweets of politicians in many other countries including Australia, Canada, and the UK. Here are direct links to these services.

About Gary Price

Gary Price ( is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.