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Colin Delany

Online Advocacy Tools: Cell Phones and Text Messaging

Updated January, 2011 Cell phones, and particularly text messages, are the next political tool we’ll consider. If you’ve spent the past few years building up your thumb strength and agility while keeping up with which bars have good drink specials (as I wrote the original version of...

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Online Advocacy Tools: RSS

Updated January, 2011 RSS (Really Simple Syndication or Rich Site Syndication) is an easy way to keep your readers abreast of updates to your site content. At their simplest and most common, RSS feeds send subscribers the title and a brief blurb about each new article or post on a given site or...

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Online Advocacy Tools: Video and Animation

Updated January, 2011 Though online video has really broken out big in the last five years, campaigns and random citizens have been using short video clips (live-action or animated) to promote their ideas and pummel their enemies for years. But broadband’s easy availability and the...

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Online Advocacy Tools: Social Media

Updated January, 2011 Social media is a broader concept than social networking, though people often put them together — it refers generally to content that is created by random internet users rather than by a central person or group. YouTube and Wikipedia are great examples of sites built on...

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Online Advocacy Tools: Blogs and Blogger Relations

Updated January, 2011 Blogs, one-time sweet darlings of the political internet world. I can still remember the first time I figured out what a blog WAS, back in the spring of 2003 (I was at South by Southwest, listening to a presentation and no doubt recovering from a hangover). Okay, so what IS...

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Online Advocacy Tools: Email Lists

Updated January, 2011 If you’re an online organizer, your activist list is often your most precious possession outside of your website — its members are your supporters, your regular readers and frequently your source of precious cash. You’re likely to spend an enormous amount of...

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