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Social Advocacy & Politics: The Counter-Revolution Will Not Be ZunZuneo'd

April 15, 2014 by Alan Rosenblatt

Social Advocacy & Politics column.

One of the goals of the social network ZunZuneo was to learn who among the people of Cuba were receptive to dissident messages and counter-revolution opportunities by monitoring what they were posting. We can easily do the same thing by analyzing social media content around the world.[read more]


Social Advocacy & Politics: Is it the #WorstRate if #NobodyPaysThat?

April 8, 2014 by Alan Rosenblatt

Social Advocacy & Politics column.

Americans for Tax Fairness came up with an effective counter message against The RATE Coalition's #WorstRate and launched an effective Denial of Hashtag campaign of its own. And not only did Americans for Tax Fairness shut down the RATE Coalition’s hashtag campaign, it got Politico’s Morning Money to report on his hashtag the next day.[read more]

Politics and Social Media Combine in the Indian Elections

April 3, 2014 by Alex Smith

Indian elections

The Indian general elections are almost upon the country and for the first time ever, the political parties are tackling social media to try to win over voters. Politicians are taking part in Google+ Hangouts, interviews organised by Facebook, and also using the Facebook owned messaging service WhatsApp as a way to connect with the masses.[read more]


Social Advocacy & Politics: Breaking Up with Facebook Is Hard to Do... Or Is It?

April 1, 2014 by Alan Rosenblatt

Social Advocacy & Politics column.

When it comes to advocacy and political campaigns, many online organizers are ambivalent about Facebook. On the one hand, Facebook is notorious for changing its interface, and it is better for niche communication than mass communication. On the other hand, two-thirds of all internet users in the US use Facebook.[read more]


How French Far-Right Front National Party Is Winning in Social Media

March 26, 2014 by Laurent Francois

Jean-Marie Le Pen (Wikipedia)

A very scarring political reality is currently happening in France - the Front National Party is slowly starting to gain seats in the political system. What’s even more worrying is that the Front National Party is becoming "accepted" by a growing number of French people.[read more]


Social Advocacy & Politics: Don't Sell the Political Power of Social Media Short

March 25, 2014 by Alan Rosenblatt

Social Advocacy & Politics column.

Good online organizers know that their online campaigns have to be part of a comprehensive movement to succeed in making lasting change. But is it necessarily true that social media campaigns that “rush past” the “tedious work” of organizing do so to their “detriment”?[read more]


Online Dialogue: A Sticky Problem Solver? [SLIDESHARE]

March 25, 2014 by Tom Liacas

Online dialogue.

My work on social media strategy and online reputation these past few years has repeatedly brought me back to one approach that holds great promise for bridging polarities and enabling collaborative problem solving around some of the world’s toughest and most controversial issues.[read more]


The Social Government vs. The Social Citizen

March 21, 2014 by Paul Dunay

Social government webinar.

Last week I moderated another great webinar from the Social Media Today Best Thinker webinar series, this time on the topic of The Social Government vs. The Social Citizen. The webinar included a really diverse group of speakers each with a unique perspective on the social government.[read more]

Can Google Glass Bring Wearable Tech to Politics?

March 20, 2014 by Colin Delany

Wearable tech and politics.

Google Glass MIGHT take off behind the scenes, though: what if a data visualization overlay could help field organizers cut turf and monitor teams’ locations? But tablets and laptops are pretty efficient at tasks like this now, and cell phone apps are already putting powerful tools (like NGPVAN’s MiniVAN) in grassroots volunteers’ hands[read more]


Social Advocacy & Politics: The Target Audience Is Between Two Ferns

March 18, 2014 by Alan Rosenblatt

Social Advocacy & Politics column.

Needing more young people to sign up for health insurance, President Obama took Zach Galifianakis up on his offer to talk about the Affordable Care Act on his Funny or Die talk show Between Two Ferns. The interview has been seen over 2.8 million times. According to the White House, it became the top referrer to[read more]


Social Advocacy & Politics: The Coolest Idea a Senator Ever Dissed

March 11, 2014 by Alan Rosenblatt

Social Advocacy & Politics column.

It seems that Senator Jeff Flake wants to increase regulations on Amtrak: he wants to control how Amtrak markets itself. And like the commisars of old, the hand of government regulation has a poor eye for beauty. Flake tweeted that Amtrak should “stop taking free rides from taxpayers before giving them out to bloggers.”[read more]


Social Advocacy & Politics: Carpe Colloquium*

March 5, 2014 by Alan Rosenblatt

Social Advocacy & Politics column.

Whether you are a candidate running for office, an advocacy group seeking to influence public policy or a brand looking to shape your public image, the challenge is to seize the social conversation before it seizes you. Rather than worrying about reacting to your critics, you should be using social media to define yourself, proactively.[read more]


Social Advocacy & Politics: Targeting Your Campaign Wall Posts on Facebook

February 26, 2014 by Alan Rosenblatt

Social Advocacy & Politics column.

Facebook offers a handful of tools to help you get your action message to the right people. But before we get into those, it is important to recognize the real-world constraint that we face when using social media to reach multiple audiences: almost everything you do is done in public.[read more]

First the Internet, Then Social Media and Now Crowdfunding Is Disrupting Government

February 19, 2014 by Craig Thomler

Disrupting government.

Government has proven no more immune to disruption by digital than any other industry. The internet changed the model for governments in delivering information and dealing with pressure groups. It has been a largely positive disruption, facilitated billions in savings as government moved services online in egovernment initiatives.[read more]


Social Advocacy & Politics: 3 Steps for Optimizing Facebook Page Wall Posts for Action

February 19, 2014 by Alan Rosenblatt

Social Advocacy & Politics column.

Facebook offers a handful of tools that organizers can use to reach, educate and mobilize people to support policy or political campaigns. And while they are not perfect, they can still be effective if used optimally. This week, we will explore three steps for optimizing your Facebook wall posts for campaigns.[read more]

The Collaborative Economy Is Changing How People Do Business

February 11, 2014 by Eric Melin

The collaborative economy.

The collaborative economy is a new economic model where there’s shared ownership and access among people, startups, corporations, and governments. One of the things Owyang’s new company was formed to do is to help companies figure out what role they can play in a world where people can get what they want from each other.[read more]


Social Advocacy & Politics: “The Senate is the Enemy?"

February 4, 2014 by Alan Rosenblatt

Social Advocacy & Politics column?

Prior to the President’s arrival in the House chambers, Senator Jeff Flake (R-AZ) joked about his sitting next to fellow freshman senator Democrat Tammy Baldwin (WI). In the wake of the Arizona State Republican Party censuring Senator John McCain (R-AZ) for being too liberal, Flake suggested his sitting with “the enemy” might escalate the situation.[read more]

Social Media and Public Services

January 31, 2014 by Vishal Pindoriya

Social media and public services.

If you were to step back and remove yourself from current society for just a minute in your mind, what would you think about a social network taken out of context? In other words, if they had never been developed and the idea was a brand new one that someone was just sharing with you, what would be your ideas for application?[read more]


Social Advocacy & Politics: My Mission to Get Progressive CEOs on Twitter

January 15, 2014 by Alan Rosenblatt

Social Advocacy & Politics columns.

America is waiting, waiting for leaders to step up and lead. We see it all the time on Twitter: a prominent political leader says something meaningful on Twitter and millions of people retweet it and discuss it. Well, in my dreams this happens. But progressives need more leadership on Twitter than just our elected officials.[read more]

Digital Leadership: Opportunities for Cities, States, and Regions

January 11, 2014 by Courtney Hunt

Cities, States, and Regions

Recently my adopted home, Chicago, was written up in The Economist as a great place for digital start-ups. Although Chicago is the third-largest metropolitan area in the United States, I must confess I read the article with a curious sense of “small-town” pride and “aw shucks” humility.[read more]