Colin Delany October 30, 2011

Three Stories Not to Miss: K Street vs. Twitter, an OWS Email Hack, and NationalField Conquers the World

Hi y’all, your editor was a bit under the weather a week or two back and almost let three good stories slip through the cracks. Never fear — they’re brought back from the dead below, appropriately enough on the night before Halloween.

K Street suffers from Twitter jitters.

Traditional lobbyists are leery of Twitter, Politico finds, with few using social channels in their outreach work and most of the big government relations firms having little or no social media presence at all. Friend-of-e.politics and Beekeeper Group partner Shana Glickfield notes the missed opportunity when she points out that many Hill staffers are relatively young and tech-savvy, and she also lets our friends in the lobby know that a social media program can coexist nicely with old-school in-person office visits. Where have we heard about the idea of integrating online and offline communications before?

Meet the Guy Who Snitched on Occupy Wall Street to the FBI and NYPD

His technique? Infiltrating an OWS listserv and downloading messages to send to the cops and (worse) to Andrew Breitbart, who posted them online. Judging from the fact that the story died pretty quickly, I’m assuming that nothing too scandalous showed up, but it’s yet another illustration of the old idea that nothing stays secret long on the internet. E.politics follows a classic rule on listservs on social media, and even in a lot of personal emails — don’t write anything down that you wouldn’t want published on the front page of the New York Times.

From the campaign trail to the corporate office, NationalField looks to broaden its software business

This article is in the Post Business section, so it’s less about politics than about NationalField’s attempt to connect with corporate customers, but it’s a good introduction to the company and what it brings to political field organizing: NationalField will help Democratic campaigns use volunteers and staff more efficiently in 2012. Not as sexy as Facebook and Twitter, or as startling as a Herman Cain video, but it’s the kind of behind-the-scenes digital politics that should actually make a difference on election day.

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