Archive for September, 2009

Back on Internet Radio — Karen Jagoda’s Digital Politics

Proving once again that e.politics has a face made for radio, I went on Karen Jagoda’s Digital Politics show yesterday to talk about using the internet and in particular online video to connect with voters. Ben Chodor of online videoconferencing firm Stream 57 was also in the “room” (we did the whole thing over the phone, since Karen’s on the West Coast), talking about his company’s experience working with candidates to do virtual town hall meetings. We chatted for half an hour and covered a great range of topics, so pull you up a chair and give it a listen. Don’t forget to check out Karen’s past shows! Quite a few friends-of-e.politics have warmed the virtual chairs in her studio.

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Add comment September 18th, 2009 Trackback Bookmark on del.icio.us

Milestones, Plus a Gratuitous Zombie Reference

Interesting times down here in the bunker — yesterday the site happened to hit several milestones all at once. First, the @epolitics Twitter feed (which doubles as my personal account) finally reached its 1000th subscriber, who depending on the exact timing may have been Heather Holdridge, a good friend (she wins valuable prizes, i.e., I’ll buy the next round).

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2 comments September 17th, 2009 Trackback Bookmark on del.icio.us

Joe Wilson’s On My Website!

Joe Wilson Google Ad

Well, he WAS on epolitics.com, and via Google Ad, naturally, but it was still a bit startling to see. Both Rep. Wilson and his Democratic opponent Rob Miller have raised over $1.5 million each as a result of Wilson’s “You Lie!” outburst on the House floor last week, despite Wilson’s suffering a DDOS attack over the weekend that crashed his site. The money came in partly through outside activism on blogs and email lists, but also clearly through direct means such as the ad to the right, which linked through to a fundraising landing page (try this generic version if the other doesn’t work). Google Ads can be a terrific way to capitalize on a burst of media or blog attention, and this example provides a perfect illustration.

I haven’t seen Wilson’s ad since Tuesday, and it’s difficult to know how it was targeted — it was likely aimed at websites that mentioned of his name, of course, but there may have been a geographic angle as well, since it’s common for political advertisers to include the D.C. area even if they’re otherwise targeting a state or district. A note to regular readers: don’t forget to click on those ads! You never know what you might find on the other end.

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FDH Lounge Radio Show Now Posted

Hey y’all, if you missed the sound of e.politics parachuting into the FDH Lounge on September 2nd (hello, Cleveland!), never fear — they’ve posted the audio in their archives, so swing on by and give it a listen. The first hour or so is sports talk, then they hit the variety part of the show: a rock and roller, a veteran wrestling writer, the guy who wrote The Wrestler and Big Fan, and then me! Host Rick Morris and I talked for at least half an hour, covering everything from Ted Kennedy to conspiracy theories and propaganda to health care policy around the world. We didn’t always agree, but we had a good time doing it, so don’t miss out — the segment’s in the third hour, right around 2:26 on the slider.

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Add comment September 16th, 2009 Trackback Bookmark on del.icio.us

New This Week: NonProfit Tech 2.0 Blog, a Social Network for Congress, and More

A couple of new resources to check out this week: first, Heather Mansfield has launched a new blog focusing on how nonprofits can use online social tools. Heather’s an expert at using online social networks for advocacy and fundraising, and her NonProfit Tech 2.0 site will join a healthy ecosphere that already includes sites like FrogLoop, Beth’s Blog, Community Organizer 2.0, NonProfit Marketing/Getting Attention and of course e.politics.

Next, and speaking of social networks, National Journal and New Media Strategies are unveiling one this week that’ll be limited to congressmembers and congressional staff. Though it’s officially intended to encourage communication and collaboration among staff, we can only hope that it’ll end up being a source of embarrassing photos for years to come. For more, check out the Project 3121 blog and the initial announcement.

Elsewhere in the consultasphere, Democratic campaign firm NGP Software has absorbed Patton Technologies, and I’ll see you at the celebratory happy hour tonight. Finally, longtime Grassroots Enterprises go-to guy Mike Panetta has gone out on his own (watch out for those rough waters, buddy), and he’s already holding trainings on Facebook Pages for Advocacy and Public Affairs Campaigns and Twitter Strategies for Public Affairs Professionals. Check ‘em out!

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2 comments September 15th, 2009 Trackback Bookmark on del.icio.us

Keep Your Ears Open…

A little news on the e.politics bidness front — I’ve spent he last couple of weeks wrapping up the last of three sizable design/technology projects that kept things busy down here in the bunker over the summer, and so should have a couple of sites to show you guys shortly, pending final reviews and approvals.

In the meantime, idle hands are the Devil’s tools! And believe me, ol’ Satan and I are close enough friends as it is. Fall’s not empty, with several speaking/training gigs looming, plus various consulting clients who’ll need love from time to time, but it’s the big projects that really keep the mortgage paid and the staff fed around here. So keep your ears open for folks who need online communications training, consulting or strategic guidance, and of course good old website design and construction (Drupal and WordPress in particular) as well. Thanks for your help!

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Add comment September 13th, 2009 Trackback Bookmark on del.icio.us

A Self-Reinforcing Spiral: Joe Wilson Will Probably Raise a Million Dollars, for His Opponent

Also published on techPresident and K Street Cafe

The most fascinating aspect the fallout from South Carolina Rep. Joe Wilson’s “You Lie” moment during Barack Obama’s healthcare speech? What it reveals about the changed world of politics in an internet age.

Since Wednesday evening, Democratic and liberal organizations, websites and email-list-owners ranging from Daily Kos to Wesley Clark to MoveOn to the the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee have pounced on Wilson’s outburst, pushing their readers or supporters to donate to Wilson’s Democratic challenger. In a pre-internet era, this could not have happened so quickly, effectively or visibly:

How many of those offended by the heretofore little-known Wilson’s outburst — a sense of offense riled up by not only progressive blogs but the DCCC and other Dem organizations — would have, in the pre-Internet age, have searched for a stamp and sent a check to Miller for Congress? Not many, that’s how many. Now, that outrage can be channeled with a few clicks.

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1 comment September 11th, 2009 Trackback Bookmark on del.icio.us

Obama Heckler Rep. Joe Wilson Already Has Facebook Fans

Also published on techPresident

Update: As of noon today, Wilson’s Democratic opponent has seen $200,000 flow into his coffers via online donation site ActBlue, in part due to advocacy on Lefty blogs. Ouch! | Update 2: a couple of hours later, PoliticalWire was reporting that the opponent’s total had passed $300k, at a time when Wilson himself is deeply in debt. Ouch, again.

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That was quick — remember the congressmember who yelled out “you lie” when President Obama contended in his speech last night that his plan wouldn’t give government-supported health care to illegal aliens? Rep. Joe Wilson’s fellow travelers have already started a Facebook Fan Page on his behalf (“Barack IS a liar! Rock On Rep. Joe Wilson!”), no doubt trying to capture some of the same energy that some have expended on the comments section of Dana Milbank’s Post article on Wilson’s shouted comments and others during the speech.

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RSS Problems, Now Fixed

Ah, sweet technology — a few weeks ago, the RSS feed for e.politics started acting a little weird. I use Google/Feedburner to distribute and track RSS subscriptions, and back in mid-August, the stats suddenly quit updating, making it impossible to see which articles were being read via RSS. Feedburner’s been clunky off and on since I started using it, so at first I assumed it was a bug that would stick around for a day or two and then magically fix itself. No such luck, and after a little while it became clear that Feedburner’s daily email update (which reaches 120 people, or about 10% of those following the site via RSS) wasn’t arriving.

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