If you follow Gov. Peter Shumlin on Twitter, you should know the message rarely comes from the governor himself.
Reporter Susie Steimle: How much control would you say you have over the @GovPeterShumlin Twitter handle?
Gov. Peter Shumlin: Very little.
It isn't uncommon for politicians to have their lives, both on and offline, micromanaged by their staff.
"It's a great way for us to promote good things going on around the state or get them information about the governor's office and what it's up to," said Sue Allen, a special assistant to the governor.
Recent pictures posted by the governor's staff, however, had us asking questions.
Susie Steimle: Is there a problem with the fact that they've been tweeting pictures of you in different locations when you are in fact out of state?
Gov. Shumlin: They have never claimed I was at a location when they shared a photo. To suggest they did is a gross mischaracterization of what we do.
This past weekend for example, staffers tweeted a picture of the governor at the Tunbridge fair in 2011, saying the Tunbridge World's Fair is in full swing. Back in August his staff tweeted, "I posted this picture to Facebook," at the time the picture was posted, however, the governor was on vacation out of state.
"I think it would lead the audience to believe or mislead them to believe he is indeed where the picture shows him," said Nicole Ravlin, a social media expert.
Ravlin says Twitter is meant to be current. She says most Twitter users assume when pictures are posted they are relevant to the day and time that they appear online.
"The best practices state that you should be as transparent and as authentic as possible," Ravlin said.
The governor's office maintains they are as transparent as possible. They've posted a disclaimer at the top of the page stating if a tweet is initialed PS, it came from the governor, otherwise assume it came from his staff, even if it's written in first person.
"If you want to film fiction, film fiction. I'm telling you the facts. The facts are we do not send out misleading tweets," Shumlin said.
The governor's staff also says they schedule some tweets ahead of time and one of the tools they use to schedule those tweets automatically drafts messages in first person.
Friday, May 24 2013 11:30 PM EDT2013-05-25 03:30:10 GMT
A hole in the road closed one of the routes into Canada Friday.State Police say Route 5 in Derby Line is closed near Caswell Avenue because of a hole in the pavement just a couple of feet over the lineMore >>
A hole in the road closed one of the routes into Canada Friday.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 7:17 PM EDT2013-05-24 23:17:06 GMT
It was a storm that left residents with more damage than they could have ever imagined. "The basement has about 13 inches of water," said Bob Genter of Underhill. And preparing for the aftermath of theMore >>
Flash floods left destruction across the region. And the rain is not over. Heavy downpours left some people trapped in their neighborhoods as emergency crews work to try to clear the roads.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 7:54 PM EDT2013-05-24 23:54:18 GMT
Vermont State Police say the following roads have been closed due to flooding:UNDERHILL: VERMONT ROUTE 15, CILLEYHILL POKER HILL ROAD NORTH UNDERHILL STATION ROAD PAIGE ROAD DAUDLIN ROAD BROWNS TRACE,More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 7:20 PM EDT2013-05-24 23:20:50 GMT
As the cleanup gets underway from Thursday night's flash flooding, the focus shifts now to the broader impacts of rising rivers from around the region. All the rain so far and more to come is running intoMore >>
All the rain is running into larger streams and rivers that are moving rapidly toward flood stage.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 12:44 PM EDT2013-05-24 16:44:50 GMT
Heavy rains have caused more flooding problems around our region, and the situation could get worse as the rain continues to fall over the holiday weekend. So far, the impact has mainly been seen in roadMore >>
Heavy rains have caused more flooding problems around our region, and the situation could get worse as the rain continues to fall over the holiday weekend.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 9:51 AM EDT2013-05-24 13:51:55 GMT
Over the river and throught the woods isn't just the way to grandma's house, its the way a lot of people are having to travel just to make it to their front door. Dormant brooks and sleepy streams turnedMore >>
Strong rains Thursday flooded roads in Essex.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 7:25 PM EDT2013-05-24 23:25:14 GMT
A rainy Vermont City Marathon forecast isn't slowing down runners or organizers. "Well, we're going to make some liquid sunshine out of all of this rain. That's the only choice we've got right now," saidMore >>
The countdown is on to this weekend's Vermont City Marathon and final preps are underway. Those finishing touches are coming in the rain, but organizers say the weather isn't slowing things down.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 7:35 PM EDT2013-05-24 23:35:15 GMT
The bad weather has forced the postponement of the annual Memorial Day parade in Essex. The parade is held annually on the Saturday morning of the holiday weekend. But after all the rain and flooding damageMore >>
The bad weather has forced the postponement of the annual Memorial Day parade in Essex.More >>