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Social Advocacy and Politics: Twitter Failing at Policing Troll Traps

DrDigipol
A few years back some extreme conservatives calling themselves the Twitter Gulag Defense Network (#TGDN) developed a powerful strategy for disrupting progressive activists on Twitter, one that has since been copied by others. Twitter has been extremely ineffective at responding to this ploy, all too often punishing the victim instead of the perpetrator.
Social Advocacy and Politics: Twitter Failing at Policing Troll Traps

Social Advocacy and Politics: USA Today and Twitter Team Up for Another Cool Meter

DrDigipol
Back in 2012, the politics editorial team at USA Today teamed up with Twitter and Topsy to create the Twitter Election Meter to track real-time sentiment on Twitter for Obama and Romney. This year, USA Today’s Politics Editor Paul Singer and his teamed joined forces with Twitter again to launch the Twitter Political Issues Index (TPII).
Social Advocacy and Politics: USA Today and Twitter Team Up for Another Cool Meter

Social Advocacy and Politics: The Power of Facebook Compels You...to Vote

DrDigipol
Facebook has been experimenting with its newsfeed to serve up news over other content to some users. In yet other experiments, the social network has been serving up its Voter Megaphone buttons on Election Day to most of its US users, while withholding the “I’m Voting/I’m a Voter” buttons from a control group of several hundred thousand, reports TechPresident’s Micah Sifry in Mother Jones. The result of these experiments is that exposure to either of the treatments increases the likelihood that the user will vote.
Social Advocacy and Politics: The Power of Facebook Compels You...to Vote

Social Advocacy and Politics: Is Twitter the Source of All Evil?

DrDigipol
The top Muslim cleric in Saudi Arabia, the Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdul Aziz al-Sheikh, spoke at length about Twitter on his TV show last week. He had much to say, including that Twitter is the “source of all evil and devastation.” And that is where much of the news media has focused its attention.
Social Advocacy and Politics: Is Twitter the Source of All Evil?

Social Advocacy and Politics: Social Warfare Seeps into the Mainstream

DrDigipol
It started as an episode of revenge porn. An angry ex-boyfriend posts a blog flaming his former girlfriend, accusing her of infidelity and leveling charges that she exchanged sex for favorable reviews of her work (a video game called Depression Quest and a review that apparently was never written).
Social Advocacy and Politics: Social Warfare Seeps into the Mainstream

Social Advocacy and Politics: Dear Voter, Regarding the Other Candidate

DrDigipol
I saw the latest Purina Friskies video “Dear Kitten, Regarding the Dog” and wondered if this was the future of political ads. Not only did the three-plus minute video prove, once again, that cats rule the internet, it also exemplifies the rise of storytelling in branding and persuasion ads.
Social Advocacy and Politics: Dear Voter, Regarding the Other Candidate

Social Advocacy and Politics: Marshmallows and Twitter Lists

DrDigipol
I've been thinking a lot lately about the marshmallow test and how it relates to social media strategy. In particular, how does the balance between instant gratification and delayed satisfaction play out when trying to grow your Twitter audience?
Social Advocacy and Politics: Marshmallows and Twitter Lists

Social Advocacy and Politics: Social Media and “Gotcha” Politics

DrDigipol
One of the things I love most about social media is the instantaneous way it allows people jump onto political gaffes. No sooner does a politician do something embarrassing when hashtags pop, Twitter accounts are launched and tumblr blogs start chronicling the funniest of these reactions.
Social Advocacy and Politics: Social Media and “Gotcha” Politics

Social Advocacy and Politics: Which Party Rules Twitter?

DrDigipol
A new study reveals whether major and minor social networks users are more likely to be Democrat or Republican. Do you have a guess for Twitter? Pinterest? It also shows which social networks have users who are more (or much less) politically active.
Social Advocacy and Politics: Which Party Rules Twitter?

Social Advocacy and Politics: Not for Wonks Only

DrDigipol
The Congressional Budget Office is now on YouTube, as well as Twitter. Government delivered to you! You might be thinking, “I have enough TV to watch. Why would I watch CBO testimonies?” Good question.
Social Advocacy and Politics: Not for Wonks Only