By SHARON FRAJLICH
Launched in 2009, Legistalker keeps track of what members of Congress are saying and doing in real-time. Though the name of the site may make it seem a bit creepier than it is, Legistalker is the ideal, quick way of getting information you might need as a journalist or even as a conscientious U.S. citizen.
Legistalker combines hundreds of news sources, social networking and government sites to relay information about members of the U.S. Congress.
Its easy to follow streams are updated every 20 seconds and include information like Twitter updates, YouTube videos, Capitol Words (a cloud of words they’ve used in floor speeches and interviews) and their voting record, including what they’ve introduced and votes on others.
With 100 members of the Senate and 435 members in the House of Representatives, it’s hard to keep an eye on all of them and stay up to speed with what’s going on in Congress, but Legistalker manages it all for you. There’s also a section titled “Most likely” which displays what legislators are bound to “make headlines,” “tweet, tweet, tweet” or “be in front of the cameras.”
You can search by name, zip code or state to find a member, and the site even lists Web sites, e-mail addresses and phone numbers of members of Congress.
It really is a handy online tool that journalists should keep in mind for certain news or politics-related articles, yet it also serves U.S. democracy as a whole.