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Taking It To the Streets

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over 1 year ago

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 those who hate long videos, you make short ones and post them where they visit online ...

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Measuring Political Buzz with Twitter

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about 2 years ago

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 for the demise of telephone polls, pollsters have been looking for alternative sampling ...

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On Facebook

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about 2 years ago

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 drama unfold has been fascinating. I haven't written about it yet, but I have talked ...

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What Makes Twitter Social?

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over 2 years ago

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 engage in conversation with our audience? Should our staff be allowed to tweet about ...

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Facebook #Fail

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over 2 years ago

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 organizing. Leaving aside recent reports indicating that only about 10% of your friends ...

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Arms for the Poor

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over 2 years ago

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 of a pen, not a sword. Well, maybe not so much a pen anymore, but certainly by some ...

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Twitter Townhalls

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almost 3 years ago

{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 tweet (pictured here), I was thoroughly disappointed. Why? Because it wasn't really a ...