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Can Google Glass Bring Wearable Tech to Politics?

 Beware the Borg…The topic of Google Glass and other wearable tech was hot at South by Southwest Interactive this year…not that I saw more than one or two people actually USING Google’s information-displaying, photo-taking “glasses” in the...

Posted March 20, 2014    

Three Key Online Advocacy Trends to Watch in 2014

What are the big developments to watch in online advocacy? That question is very much on my mind: Monday I’ll have the privilege of leading a digital strategy training for public affairs professionals, and I’ve been pulling slides together and...

Posted February 21, 2014    

How to Turn Data into Money and Votes

New Epolitics.com ebook! Check out "How to Use the Internet to Win in 2014."The following is an excerpt from the new ebook, “How to Use the Internet to Win in 2014: A Comprehensive Guide to Online Politics for Campaigns & Advocates”, available...

Posted January 23, 2014    

In Those Obamacare Webservers Crashing, the Sound of Tea Party Doom

The health insurance exchanges created by the Affordable Care Act came online Tuesday, and judging by most accounts, their main problem was a good one: popularity. Some of the exchange sites saw so much traffic from people interested in signing up...

Posted October 3, 2013    

Pro Tip: The Dirty Little Secret to Facebook Success

Remember those creative advocacy campaigns we talked about last week? A couple of them illustrated a dirty little secret to Facebook success: if you want to get your content widely shared, and you have an email list, send out a message asking people...

Posted September 27, 2013    

Why Hasn't Twitter Replaced Email in Politics?

Charles Ellison asked me a good question yesterday: hasn’t Twitter (and by implication, other social channels like Facebook) replaced old-school email as a communications tool for political campaigns? My one-word answer: no. But why?Charles and I...

Posted August 29, 2013    

How Today's Democratic Political Campaigns are Like Silicon Valley

You can attribute Silicon Valley’s success to any number of key factors: good universities, the availability of capital and a wealth of entrepreneurial experience are just a start. But without a talented pool of tech workers ready to jump to the...

Posted June 26, 2013    

Quick Hits — December 24, 2012, Part Two (More on Campaign 2012)

An Epolitics.com Christmas present: lots of fantastic reading on the 2012 digital campaign. C.f. our earlier post-election Quick Hits, and also today’s Quick Hits Advocacy Edition.When the Nerds Go Marching In. Fantastic look at the Obama campaign...

Posted December 24, 2012    

Online GOTV Resources: Time to Get Out The Vote

Hard to believe, but election day is less than a week away, and across the country, campaigns and outside groups are running a full-on GOTV blitz. Let’s give ‘em some help — below is a short list of useful online resources for getting out the vote,...

Posted November 4, 2012    

Five Reasons the Kony 2012 Video is Going Viral

Guest article! In the piece below, Abigail Collazo (editor of @Fem2pt0 and a progressive communicator, feminist organizer and Democratic strategist, currently at Turner Strategies) looks at a viral phenomenon that made the NY Times today. This piece...

Posted March 11, 2012    

Pinterest for Politics: Not Just a Shiny New Toy

Guest article! The latest from our old friend Beth Becker, who’s seized with excitement over Pinterest, the latest shiny object potentially useful item in our ever-growing social media toolkit. Also, check out Beth’s previous work on Epolitics.com...

Posted February 23, 2012    

Using FourSquare, Gowalla and Facebook Places in Political Campaigns

Guest article by Kayle Hatt, a Canadian political organizer who works with candidates on field organizing and communication and who earlier wrote about candidates and social media and about social media in that far distant land to the North. Kayle’s...

Posted February 16, 2012    

Ron Paul: Live by the Internet, Die by the Internet

So Ron Paul made the bigtime today: a feature in the New York Times. What about? Those little newsletters that came out in his name a couple of decades back. You know, the ones that (among other things) predicted an upcoming race war and “contain[ed...

Posted December 28, 2011    

Case Study: How Facebook Ads Defeated a Florida Ballot Initiative

Here’s something to chew on while you’re waiting for those promised Netroots Nation after-action reports: the results of an attempt to use Facebook advertising as the primary paid outreach tool for a ballot-initiative campaign. And though the...

Posted June 22, 2011    

Internet Amplifies “Koch Brother” Prank Call to Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker

Lots of folks have been having some good, clean fun diving into the details of the recent phone exchange between Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker and Ian Murphy, a blogger posing as Tea Party financier and liberal bogeyman David Koch. The individual...

Posted February 24, 2011    

Online Advocacy Tools: Twitter

New Online Politics 101 chapter Twitter is the newest significant weapon in the online politics arsenal: while it was a very limited arena as recently as the 2008 elections (Barack Obama had all of 50,000 followers by Election Day!), it’s exploded...

Posted January 31, 2011    

Facebook Places: Foursquare Without the Fun?

The big news in the social media space: Facebook has released “Places,” a much-anticipated geo-location service that will allow users to “check in” at locations around the world. Or rather, Facebook is in the process of releasing Places, since it’s...

Posted August 19, 2010    

Online Video's Place in the Obama/Deval Patrick Plagiarism “Scandal”

My old NET colleague John Anthony (who’s soon off to a new gig at the U.N. Foundation) writes in today to note the an online aspect to the current Democratic “scandal” — to back up her claim that Barack Obama plagiarized...

Posted February 19, 2008    

42 MySpace Advocacy Tips — And Counting

If you're looking for guidance on using MySpace for advocacy and/or politics, I just found a bunch of it: Heather Mansfield at Diosa communications has assembled 42 separate pieces of advice and is adding more every week. She's clearly a social...

Posted February 11, 2008    

Hillary Clinton's Online Fundraising Ads

Interesting development in the Dems' race for online dollars — in the past few days, the Clinton campaign has started advertising for donations on Washington Post online properties, specifically the Post.com and Slate (I haven't spotted them on...

Posted February 10, 2008    

 
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