Tracy Viselli and I are working on an article for The Exception on how progressives can use Twitter. Here’s our current thinking on recommendations:
- progressives should get good at Twitter best practices: insiders providing information regularly, backchannels at conferences and workshops, regular Twitter-based chats by organizations and bloggers, contact lists and skills pitching to journalists who prefer Twitter, etc.
- activists need to refine techniques for Twitter-based “flash actions” (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6). Social computing technologies are tools; we need to learn to use them effectively.
- Twitter can be a medium for progressives to engage online with communities currently marginalized by the “progressive blogosphere”. Shared vocabulary and hashtag structure, and respect for different norms in different hashtags, can help.
- we should reach out to conservatives, libertarians, and greens to explore ways to engage more constructively
The full article will of course go into detail on the thinking and experiences that lead to the recommendations.
Any feedback? Suggestions for improvements, related experiences, criticisms, ideas about how to make this happen — it’s all good. Please don’t be shy! We’ll do our best to incorporate the feedback in the final draft.