All Digital Politics Articles
  • Taking It To the Streets

    We used to live in a world where content producers chose the channels of distribution. Now the consumers choose.* That means the producer has to deliver the message over many channels, optimized for each. For...

  • Organizing Online for Down Ballot Progressive Political Campaigns

    Guest post from Cole Haymond. Coming off an election year, we were able to bear witness to one of the most effective, efficient and successful online campaigns in our nation's history with the reelection of...

  • Measuring Political Buzz with Twitter

    Telephone polls have been in their dying throes for years. At about 12% response rates, they shouldn't even work now. But they do, so far. That said, pollsters expect them to die at any moment. I preparation...

  • On Facebook

    Facebook stocks are tanking, for now. Its membership growth is outstripping its revenue growth. And they keep changing the damned interface. What's a social network organizer to do? Watching the Facebook IPO...

  • Obama v. Romney on Facebook

    Since Herman Cain dropped out of the presidential race, Mitt Romney has added 500,000 Facebook fans. This brings him to a total of 1,644,358 page likes, most from his 2008 presidential campaign. Meanwhile, Barack...

  • What Makes Twitter Social?

    Advocacy groups, political campaigns, and news media are all trying to sort out the most effective way to use Twitter. Among the questions being wrestled are: Should we follow everyone who follows us? Should we...

  • Social Media Trends: Thoughts from the Field

    Guest post from Beth Becker... Social media has always been a fast moving field.  What’s new and exciting one day quickly gets tossed aside for the next shiny new toy.  Lately I’ve been getting a lot of...

  • Facebook #Fail

    When Facebook allowed page administrators to interact on Facebook as the page, I was elated. But I am increasingly finding that other changes in Facebook are making it much less appealing for advocacy and...

  • A Catalogue of Social Media (and Related) Tools

    I have assembled a catalogue of 85 tools to help you run a more effective social media program for your campaign, organization, or business. Most of these are free. A lot are for Twitter. Many help you leverage...

  • Who Determines the Channels of Distribution?

    Kyle Stoneman of OwlBee.com put it best when he said, "We used to live in a world where the producers of content determined the channels of distribution. We now live in a world where the consumers of content...

  • Santorum, South Carolina, and Social Media

    --- By Victoria Bassetti, David Norton and Alan Rosenblatt Now that Mitt Romney can claim two wins in the Republican primaries/caucuses, where do his rivals go?  We know physically: South Carolina and...

  • Who Owns Your Twitter Followers?

    Who owns the Twitter followers you accumulate while working for an employer? This is the question under consideration in new lawsuit filed by Phonedog.com against former employee Noah Kravitz. Whether the courts...

  • Arms for the Poor

    Never before has the poor been so well-armed. Not with guns, but with the weapons of the digital age. In civil societies, where democracies prevail, political succession and policy-making is conducted at the end...

  • Candidates Face New Risks on YouTube

    Candidates recognize the importance of creating videos for YouTube. A good video can go a long way towards marketing the campaign and building name recognition. But with this amazing opportunity comes risk. Of...

  • Twitter Townhalls

    {EAV:e47b9f8ac33e6b9b}Last summer I was invited to President Obama's Twitter Townhall at the White House along with 139 other characters. Despite the grandiose setting and President Obama opening the event with a...

  • Turning Twitter Followers Into Newts

    Rumor has it that 80% of Newt Gingrich's Twitter followers were purchased and as a result are fake and/or useless. This may be an exaggeration, but the evidence is clear that a sizable chunk of his 1.3 million...

  • Corned Beef Hashtags

    Two of my favorite things are corned beef and hashtags. Corned beef is obvious... it's in my blood (seriously... my doctor calls it cholesterol). As for hashtags, anyone who has followed my exploits on Twitter...

  • To Petition the Government for a Redress of Grievances

    Often forgotten among our First Amendment rights are our rights to petition the government for a redress of grievances. And while the right, in principle, refers to an individual, well as a group voicing their...

  • Tweet on This, Congress

    President Obama is asking his supporters to tweet at Congress to pass his jobs proposal. His campaign website has a tool that matches your ZIP code to your Members of Congress and provides a ready to tweet message...

  • Rage in the Age of Engagement

    I write and tweet @DrDigipol about the intersection of politics and the digital. These days, digital touches everything. I suppose I could write about anything, then, but I tend to write about things political...