Twitter - Click the blue "Tweet" button below the bottom three posts to share
Not on Twitter? It's one of the best ways to reach your legislators. Scroll down the page to find out how to join.
This video tutorial will walk you through setting up a twitter account.
Build and maintain your network:
Get the word out
Advanced Twitter Advocacy:
To demonstrate key concepts of social media advocacy we will use the following fictional bill as our case study:
AB999 is a proposed measure banning all sofas. If passed the bill requires every household in America to immediately remove any sofa from their house. Your representative, Jane Doe is waffling. You take to social media to convince her that she must vote no on AB999.
Hashtags– any series of words or letters immediately following the # symbol – are easily searchable on Twitter. This makes them a wonderful way for people advocating for the same cause to find one another, as well as a great way for advocates to demonstrate the amount of interest in a topic.
Liking and Retweeting
Liking a tweet is a good way to let the person or organization who composed the tweet know that you agree with and appreciate what they are saying. To like a tweet click on the small heart at the bottom of the tweet.
Retweeting is a way to amplify the impact of any tweet. They also help strengthen bonds within your network. For example, if many people in your network are already tweeting about AB999, sharing their statements with your followers is a great way to let the original tweeter know you like their ideas while at the same time telling your followers that this is also how you feel.
Interacting with your Representatives – How to @
If used correctly Twitter is a powerful tool that allows direct access to your lawmakers. Many lawmakers run their own accounts meaning that you can use the platform to speak directly to them.
Threading Tweets – when 280 characters isn’t enough
Twitter has a 280 character limit which is great because it keeps us focused on the most important elements of our message. Sometimes, when dealing with complex advocacy topics, we need to tell a longer story. This is where threading comes in. Threading is when you link a series of tweets together in one long chain. Threading is a powerful tool for sharing personal stories of the impact a proposed law will have on you, your loved ones, or your community.
How to thread tweets:
Putting it all together - Sample Tweet
Hello @repJDoe I live in your district, please vote no on AB999 outlawing sofas, the proposed law will hurt the disability community by making our living rooms uncomfortable and drab #SaveTheSofas
Why it works: