The federal government is now partially shut down for the first time in almost 18 years. Many government employees are not working and in some cases entire offices are outright closed.
And now, so are their Twitter and social media accounts.
It might not be one of the consequences you would have thought of but as employees in those offices who maintain the Twitter and Facebook accounts are not working, the tweets and the updates will cease until the shutdown, well, also ceases.
Below are some of the agencies and organizations that have tweeted out plans to shut down their Twitter accounts, and thus stop providing updates.
How will we know if an asteroid is headed for earth? NASA's @asteroidwatch won't be the place until the shutdown is over.
In the event of government shutdown, we will not be posting or responding from this account. We sincerely hope to resume tweets soon.— Asteroid Watch (@AsteroidWatch) October 1, 2013
The NASA Voyager account will also stop sending tweets, but that doesn't mean the Voyager is heading home. While 97 percent of NASA will be furloughed during a shutdown, the exception to the rule will be astronauts in space, who keep working, shutdown or no shutdown. Mission Control, which supports them, will also be working.
Due to the gov't shutdown, all public NASA activities/events are cancelled or postponed until further notice. Sorry for the inconvenience.— NASAVoyager2 (@NASAVoyager2) October 1, 2013
Due to the gov't shutdown, all public NASA activities/events are cancelled or postponed until further notice. Sorry for the inconvenience.— NASA (@NASA) October 1, 2013
Parts of the U.S. Capitol are closed, including the @uscapitol Twitter account.
Due to a lapse in government funding, this account will not be active until further notice.— U.S. Capitol (@uscapitol) October 1, 2013
Statue of Liberty
The Statue of Liberty is one of the federal tourist attractions impacted by the shutdown and you can't visit the landmark through Twitter either.
Because of the federal gov't shutdown this National Park Service Twitter feed is inactive. We'll start tweeting again when we get back.— Statue of Liberty (@StatueLibrtyNPS) October 1, 2013
The National Zoo, too. Not only will the account not be firing off photos of the cute animals but it has also pulled down its "panda cam" feed.
We will not be posting to Facebook or tweeting except in the case of emergencies during the #shutdown.— National Zoo (@NationalZoo) October 1, 2013
The same goes for the LBJ Library's active Twitter and Tumblr accounts, which usually send out quotes from and photos of Lyndon B. Johnson.
Due to the Federal Government shutdown, we will not be able to tweet. Visit http://t.co/WyTZGMrggf.— LBJ Library (@LBJLibrary) October 1, 2013
FAA Safety Briefing
The account dedicated to updating followers about flying safety and news is no longer doing that.
The National Science Foundation
The NSF will reduce its workforce from roughly 2,000 to just 30 during the shutdown. Because of that reduced workforce no one will be updating the @NSF Twitter account.
Due to the government shutdown, we will not be tweeting or responding to any replies. We will return as soon as possible.— National Science Fdn (@NSF) October 1, 2013
Dept. of Agriculture
Nothing from the USDA either.
Due to the lapse in federal government funding, this channel will not be updated until the federal government reopens.— Dept. of Agriculture (@USDA) October 1, 2013
And some more...
We're sorry, but we will not tweet or respond to @ replies during the government shutdown. We'll be back as soon as possible!— USA.gov (@USAgov) October 1, 2013
We're sorry, but FCC will not be tweeting or responding to @ replies during the government shutdown— The FCC (@FCC) October 1, 2013
We're sorry, but we will not be tweeting or responding to @ replies during the government shutdown. We'll be back as soon as possible!— CDC Flu (@CDCFlu) October 1, 2013
We're sorry, but we will not be tweeting or responding to @ replies during the government shutdown. We'll be back as soon as possible!— CDC Emergency (@CDCemergency) October 1, 2013