Like oil and water politicians and social media don't mix. Not because of their natural properties but because politicians tend not to understand it. Most members of Tynwald do not have public Twitter feeds which the more adventurous may graduate on to after Facebook. Some do, of course, but they tend to use them for official announcements typically with a link to some sort of government press release.
Once they have the hang of that they tend to use Twitter to show themselves in a good like - you know the sort of thing - 'here's me helping out at the foodbank' or 'did you know I plant my own vegetables'.
Some, but only a few, use Twitter to actually engage with the masses. To their credit some make a better fist of it than others.
Now and again we get a social media car crash like we had today with Lawrie Hooper MHK who tried somewhat forcefully to tell parents and students that they had a really generous deal from his government department and rather than whinge and go on Manx Radio to express their views they should get a second job and take on more debt to pay for their university education.
As you can imagine this went down like an unpaid student loan. Rather than temper his approach in the face of the onslaught of objections, Lawrie doubled down and blocked two of the tweeters and said the debate was over.
Well ladies and gentlemen that's not how social media works. It's not like Tynwald and there are no standing orders. All Lawrie managed to do was to alienate two generations of the electorate (students and their parents) and spark the birth of a new Twitter movement.
No wonder so many steer clear.