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Six Questions a Candidate Should Ask before Tweeting, Blogging or Posting a Status Update

Guest article! This one comes in from Kayle Hatt, an up-and-coming political organizer based in Canada who works with candidates on field organizing and communications and occasionally moonlights as a speechwriter. He also holds province-wide party office with the Ontario New Democratic Party. Take it away, Kayle:

Six Questions a Candidate Should Ask before Tweeting, Blogging or Posting a Status Update

By Kayle Hatt

Social media is a great campaign tool and you shouldn’t shy away from it (In fact, if you neglect social media it could hurt your chances of getting elected), but you should be careful when using social media for campaign purposes. Here are six questions to ask yourself before posting something:

1. Would I say this to a reporter?

Your social media updates don’t just go to your ‘friends’ or your ‘supporters’. These are public statements and will be seen by the media as surely as if you had put them in a press-release — in fact, they may be more likely to be seen because in recent elections most newspapers have started having newsroom staff follow candidates on social media. Mess up and they will know!

Would you want to see this tweet on the front page of tomorrow’s paper? Enough said.

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Open.Dems: DNC Technologists Raise Their Skirts in Public

Open source, meet politics — the techies over at the Democratic National Committee have launched a new site devoted to sharing the results of their work. Nancy Scola has the details over at tPrez, and you can check out Open.Dems for yourself, but the basic idea is to share APIs, code samples and ideas with their software’s users, the broader progressive community and by extension, everyone online who’s interested.

Nancy’s article features plenty of great quotes from friends-of-e.politics (hi folks!), who are no doubt damn pleased to have gotten this sucker past the powers-that-be (politicos are not generally friendly to the idea of releasing information unnecessarily). I’m very excited about this site’s potential: not only will it help the (Democratic) users of the specific technologies that come out of the DNC, but it’s likely to spark development in the broader online politics community. And, it elevates the day-to-day work of the ones-and-zeroes crowd, which is frequently ignored in the press in favor of grand strategic pronouncements about the political internet.

As fits its combo mission, the initial blog posts on the Open.Dems front page are a mixed collection: a couple of best-practices pieces on fundraising and splash pages, an uber-nerdy article on a Ruby on Rails feature, and the announcement of a Democratic voter-registration widget from a few weeks ago. I’m keeping a close eye on what these guys are up to; I’m sure that Republican techies will be doing the same.

cpd

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Sudden Summer E.politics Party — Thursday at The Reef

Update: Postponed! Power problems in Adams Morgan b/c of a fire…will reschedule for later. Bummer.

Hey kids! I may not be able to hold a roofdeck party at my place this summer, but where there’s a will, there’s a way — and in this case, there’s a way to throw a…

Sudden Summer Party at The Reef: An Epolitics.com Production

Yes, it’s time for a knock-down, drag-out, old-school party of the highest caliber possible, featuring all the people you like and none of the ones you don’t, plus food, booze and good times all around. Here’s the scoop:

  • This coming Thursday, August 12th, starting at 6 pm sharp
  • On the main floor of The Reef in Adams Morgan (DC), just a flight of stairs away from a roof deck we ARE allowed to go up on
  • 6 pm until ???
  • Open bar for the first few rounds of drinks
  • Plus plenty of tasty Reef appetizers and snacky foods, all enviro-friendly to boot

Why a party? ‘Cause it’s summer, natch. Plus, there’s plenty to celebrate all around, particularly on the e.pol front — and making it a party thrown in the name of the site makes the evening at least partly a business expense (hellooo, Schedule C). And with much of DC out of town for the holidays, you never know who you might meet — we’ll have new friends to introduce to old, plus plenty of trouble to get into along the way.

Hope to see you Thursday! YOU WILL WANT TO ARRIVE EARLY OR ON TIME, ’cause the free booze will only last so long, and then you’ll have to cry in a beer you purchased with your own hard-earned cash (buy me one while you’re at it, thanks). Looking forward to an absolutely kickass good time, and you should too. Rock and roll. BTW, here’s the Facebook invite, should you heed your mother’s advice to always RSVP.

cpd

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