By Rachel L. West
Storify Transcript: https://storify.com/poliSW/social-media-as-a-campaign-tool
Barrack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign was a game changer. It was the first time a political campaign had effectively leveraged social media. The September 14th chat will examine the role social media plays in political campaigns and how public officials use it to communicate with constituents. It will cover the platforms commonly used as well as providing an overview of best practices.
We will be joined in the top of the hour by Ashley Blanchard @ _AshBlanchard who will talk about Campaign School which is hosted annually by the Nancy A. Humphries Institute for Political Social Work at UConn. At a future date #MacroSW will host a chat on how social workers can run for public office.
Q1: As a constituent have you used social media to follow a campaign or communicate with your elected officials?
Q2: How do/should political campaigns and public officials use social media?
Q3: What types of tools/platforms are available?
The chat starts at 9:00 PM EST/6:00 PM PST. Rachel L. West (@poliSW) will host.
Resources for this chat:
Good examples of an elected official or candidate using social media
Sen. Cory Booker
Sen. Claire McCaskill
Rep. Jim Himes
Blogs and Articles