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Twitter is One of the Most Powerful Tools for Conservative Activism.
You’ve seen it on our blog posts and in every action alert on our website. Whether sharing your latest news and action items or having conversations with other activists and your Congressional delegation, Twitter is a tool you need to use.
How Tweets Can Be Politically Effective:
- Talk directly and publicly with your Members of Congress.
- Reporting the results of a call or visit to an elected official’s office.
- Share a letter to the editor your newspaper refused to publish.
- Links to state and local blogs.
- Live tweet from a town hall meeting and share video.
- Share information about conservative events in your area.
- Share email responses from elected officials- even if you just receive a form letter.
- Share any personal interaction with an elected official.
It’s Easy. Start by Quickly Creating a Twitter Account
The Fastest Way to Learn is to Watch Us
Learn the Twitter basics:
- Tweet: A comment, question, statistic, article link or opinion limited to 140 characters used to share specific information on a microblog platform.
- Username: Your Twitter username or handle allows others to find you on Twitter and is needed to create and log into an account. For example: Heritage_Action.
- Mention (@): Users are referred to with an “@” symbol preceeding their username.
- Retweet (RT): Allows users to share another user’s tweet with their followers.
- Direct Message : A private message between you and another user, which are also limited to 140 characters.
- Followers: Other users who subscribe to your tweets. These “followers” have chosen to follow your tweets, but you do not automatically follow theirs.
- Following: The number of other Twitter feeds or users you have chosen to subscribe to.
- Hashtags (#): Used to categorize tweets and connect with other Twitter users who are following the same information. Hashtags are referred to with a # symbol preceding the category. For example, #tcot means Top Conservatives on Twitter.
- Reply: Hover over a tweet that you wish to reply to and click “reply.” Their username will appear in your Twitter tweet box and you can reply to their comment, question or statement.
Heritage Action’s Twitter Tips:
- Speak directly to your Member of Congress by mentioning (@) their username in your tweet.
- Use local and state hash tags to group ideas and events.
- Retweet important information and share it with specific people by mentioning them.
- Share articles through the sites’ “share on twitter” button.
Privacy on Twitter:
Twitter works best as a public medium. While privacy options exist, such as the setting to ‘protect your tweets,’ they hamper your ability to engage in the conversation. We recommend you allow everyone to see your tweets and to follow you on Twitter. Watch who follows you to see your influence grow.
Find your Members of Congress Using our Dashboard
Other People to Follow to Get You Started on Twitter:
Now You are Ready to Become A Conservative Force on Twitter