Archive for the ‘Obama’ Category

Tweet in the general direction of the White House

by Team Politics
Monday, July 6th, 2009

DC social media types David All Group have put together a neat little Twampaign (Twitter-campaign, y’see?) around the President’s healthcare plan.

So here’s the plan:
1. It is clear that a White House communications staffer is serving as a SpokesTwitterer and will read and perhaps even reply to our Tweets.
2. We are going to track and record all uses of the hashtag #handsoff for this experiment and report back our findings to you.
3. As long as you’re logged in to Twitter and using a web browser, just click here to load a draft Tweet and click “Update.” See below for more examples — please feel free to amend as you like.
4. This is the first time I’ve ever heard of anyone orchestrating a coordinated Twitter advocacy strategy. You’re going to be a part of history and help redefine activism.
Pretty interesting stuff. Good uptake so far too, with around 1700 tweets logged.
Thanks, techPresident!

Double points for the Dune reference

by Team Politics
Wednesday, June 24th, 2009

Regular readers of this blog (or followers of me on Twitter) know that we’re nerds. So with that in mind, enjoy John Hodgman’s speech on nerd rights from the 2009 Radio and TV Correspondents’ Dinner:

via Videogum.

Sotomayor personality art goes viral-ish

by Team Politics
Monday, June 8th, 2009

I won’t say that this is truly viral, as it’s from an advocacy org (Presente), but it’s definitely an example of Organizing for America’s Sotomayor personality campaign getting mind-traction.

Nice, huh? I’ll be interested to see whether other groups/individuals pick up this iconography in the next few months.

The image on Flickr.

The artist’s website.

Thanks, techPresident!


by Team Politics
Monday, June 1st, 2009

Looks like Organizing for America is trying to garner public support for Sonia Sotomayor’s Supreme Court appointment through an Obama-style personality drive. This isn’t a bad idea, necessarily, but I just don’t think she has the charisma (or a short enough name) for this to really work. Let’s compare:

Succinct, regal, etc. Blah blah blah, all the things we know about Obama. Now, the Sotomayor image (available here).

Ehh, not so much. Like 97 letters, and the exclamation point just reeks of desperation. I dunno, it doesn’t look like her appointment has any chance of being blocked, so maybe this is an experiment for future appointments and legislative action that the admin wants to get done.

Obama throws down the gauntlet!

by Team Politics
Monday, March 9th, 2009

Just kidding.

He did, in a recent NYT interview, say that he “rarely” reads blogs. I honestly don’t blame him, he probably has to read a lot of stuff, being President and all. Still, I’ll be interested to hear how the left-bloggers react to this. So far none of the big dogs have weighed in.

Thanks, techPresident!