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Social Advocacy and Politics: I Always Feel Like Somebody’s Watching Me

DrDigipol
Cameras are everywhere. Not just security cams, but fan cams at ballparks and, of course, video cams on phones. And they are changing how we live our lives and what we can expect to remain private. Ask Mitt Romney. He’ll tell you that you can expect privacy 47% of the time.
Social Advocacy and Politics: I Always Feel Like Somebody’s Watching Me

Social Advocacy and Politics: Was #JeSuisCharlie #JeSuisBiggestHashtagEver?

DrDigipol
While the schoolmarms parse data over whether #JeSuisCharlie is the most popular hashtag ever, the most popular news (not sports) hashtag ever, or the most popular one-day hashtag ever, what struck me is the disparity between news hashtags and entertainment hashtags. Is this disparity further evidence of the shallowness of the masses, of a mass sense of disinterested hopelessness, or the irresistible urge to blather on Twitter? Or perhaps people have a multitude of interests that ebb and flow in their social media chatter.
Social Advocacy and Politics: Was #JeSuisCharlie #JeSuisBiggestHashtagEver?

Social Advocacy and Politics: The Year in Hashtags 2014

DrDigipol
Last week another hashtag went awry. In an attempt at levity, FOX & Friends launched a campaign to ring out the old year using the hashtag #Overit2014. And while many of us in the social media world already know to be wary of backfiring hashtags if you are a controversial organization, the wiz-kids at FOX & Friends apparently do not. In response to their hashtag, Twitter erupted with tweets that blasted FOX News and the conservative movement it champions (and a week later, the eruption continues, still). This prompted me to take a deeper look at the political and advocacy hashtags of 2014.
Social Advocacy and Politics: The Year in Hashtags 2014

Social Advocacy and Politics: I Resolve to Be More Social

DrDigipol
The challenge we face keeping most New Year’s resolutions is that we have to go it alone. That can be tough. There is nothing like a support network to help achieve our goals. That is why I recommend you make a more achievable resolution this year: be more social.
Social Advocacy and Politics: I Resolve to Be More Social

Social Advocacy and Politics: Facebook, the Gift that Keeps on Taking

DrDigipol
You created a Facebook page for your campaign or advocacy organization, you built up a decent audience that you are educating about your issue(s) and mobilizing when they are needed, but as time goes by, you seem to be reaching fewer and fewer people. Why is Facebook taking your post out of your audience’s newsfeed? Doesn’t Facebook understand that your audience wants to know what is happening with the issues you and they care so much about? Apparently not.
Social Advocacy and Politics: Facebook, the Gift that Keeps on Taking

Social Advocacy and Politics: Best Use of Twitter by a Member of Congress, Ever!

DrDigipol
What caught our attention here at Social Media Today was the Twitter-Storm created when Senator Feinstein live-tweeted her rebuttal comments to CIA Director Brennan’s response to the torture report in real-time using the hashtag #ReadTheReport. I will say quite boldly that this was the greatest use of Twitter by a Member of Congress EVER!
Social Advocacy and Politics: Best Use of Twitter by a Member of Congress, Ever!

Social Advocacy and Politics: Takin’ It to the Tweets

DrDigipol
In a world pulsating with conflict large and small, from the streets of Ferguson to Kobani and beyond, there is a need for calming voices. There is a need for voices to soothe the anger and facilitate meaningful conversations across the communities in conflict. Philosophers of the Enlightenment wrote at length that rational discourse is the surest route to good policy and the avoidance of violence.
Social Advocacy and Politics: Takin’ It to the Tweets

Social Advocacy and Politics: What #MyNYPD Hoped For and What We Got

DrDigipol
In the reaction to the Grand Jury decision not to indict Officer Darren Wilson for shooting Michael Brown, there has been a lot of over-reaction from the police… again. In Los Angeles, mass arrests of protestors on the eve of Thanksgiving gave rise to harsh twiticism from across the nation. But amidst the excesses there were some glimmers of hope.
Social Advocacy and Politics: What #MyNYPD Hoped For and What We Got

Social Advocacy and Politics: Read On, You Might Change Your Mind

DrDigipol
The New York Times recently reviewed a study by Yosh Halberstam and Brian Knight that finds social media users live in an echo chamber where they are more likely to hear people with whom they already agree. Interestingly, among the expert the Times interviewed for the article was an NYU doctoral student, Pablo Barbera, who has also researched this topic. But there is more to the story.
Social Advocacy and Politics: Read On, You Might Change Your Mind

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