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Here is a piece I wrote in October of 2014 for the now defunct Connectivity blog at CQ-Roll Call. It called for campaigns and organizations to make social media a top priority, with appropriate staffing and resources. This is still a message that too many have yet to embrace. With the rise of fake news on social media, it is even more important than ever for reputable organizations and campaigns to posts reliable and credible content there. ________ Among Americans online, more people get their political news from Facebook than from CNN or Fox News. A recent study from the Pew Research Journalism Project finds that Facebook is second only to local TV news as a source for political news among the 89% of Americans with internet access. That is 48% of online Americans and 39% of Americans in total. And that is just Facebook. Throw Twitter, LinkedIn and Google+ into the mix and you see very quickly that social media is the most powerful way to reach people across the nation with news about politics. This raises the question: Are you putting enough emphasis on social media at your organization? People who work at advocacy organizations, trade associations and…

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Here is a piece I wrote in 2006 that apparently disappeared from the Internet. Someone asked if I still had it. Lo and behold I do. So here it is. NOTE: This was written 12 years ago. Nothing has been edited since then. _______________________________________ Can you just hear James Earl Jones saying that title?  I can. All jests aside, we are in the midst of a very touchy and serious debate over our rights to petition Congress via email.  There are two key issues at stake here, as has been pointed out by Jeffrey Birnbaum of the Washington Post. First, and most importantly, constituent email to Congress is being obstructed by Congress in two ways.  Technologically, Congress has been implementing webforms and validation processes (for example, CAPCHA codes and Logic Puzzles) that are obstructing the ability of citizens to exercise their First Amendment rights to petition the government in the name of protecting Congress from SPAM.  Behaviorally, Congressional staffers are apparently ignoring and sometimes deleting constituent email because they don’t believe it comes from real constituents. Second, as a result of the technological barriers erected by Congress, there is growing evidence that the ability to deliver email to Congress via…

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I am going to go out on a limb and predict that the new Instagram Stories, which competes directly with Snapchat’s Stories, will reduce the need of advocacy and political campaigns to rush to colonize Snapchat. Stories is a feature that allows many people to contribute to a single aggregated thread on Snapchat, and now Instagram. Used with geo-fencing, for example, Stories allow everyone attending a rally or a conference to post to a collective forum on either of these respective platforms. That helps to create not just a sense of interaction with the event organizer, but a real sense of collaboration. For political campaigns, as I have written before, this can go a long way towards improving trust in the candidate and political efficacy. So why does Instagram’s new Stories feature forestall the need to colonize Snapchat? There are several reasons to consider: Instagram and Snapchat both reach the same Millennial audiences that campaigns drool over While Snapchat boasts 150 million users, Instagram has 500 million Instagram, according to the Pew Research Center, is at least as important a social media platform for youth and young adults as Snapchat Unlike Snapchat, which is primarily a peer-to-peer platform designed for private…

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In my latest SocialMediaToday.com column I show how Bernie Sander’s Facebook buzz is a predictor for his primary and caucus successes. On March 8, while still trailing Hillary Clinton on buzz, he was rising and she was falling. Subsequent delegate tallies in primaries and caucuses showed a narrowing of Clinton’s lead. Then, from March 22-28, Sanders outperformed Clinton on Facebook nearly 2 to 1. Correspondingly, he walloped her in 5 of the 6 contests that week. Read the full column here.

15 Mar / Company News!

We are proud to congratulate the talented and amazing Senior Vice President Violet Tsagka as she moves to a new position at Creative Associates International. Violet will be joining the international aid behemoth’s creative team as a Technical Manager II. Among other things Violet will be working on the firm’s digital media projects. In other exciting Turner news, Abigail Shirley, a recent graduate of University of Arkansas law school, joins us as Fellow from the policy department of the American Association of University Women. Violet has been with Turner for six years in increasing levels of responsibility, ultimately managing all of the firm’s major projects and clients. She is the editor of our online community Fem2, where she will continue to assist, and is a leading social media expert. Violet joins Turner’s far-flung alumni family, which spreads from a brewery China, to an international PR firm in Singapore, to a start-up in Brussels. Abigail joins the team as a Fellow, where she will put her lawyer smarts to good use with our client The Employment Law Group. Abigail will also continue her women’s rights advocacy work with Turner’s client work and helping to manage Fem2. We couldn’t be more grateful to Violet…

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