Short Course on Tweeting Technique
Many of us are engaged in trying to get the attention of our Senators and Representatives. I thought I’d promote a couple of techniques I have been using. How effective they are, only time will tell. But at least I sleep better because I tried!.
I know a lot of Reps tweet daily. It’s good PR. But what I don’t know is how many actually take part with “hands on” participation. I suspect most of the work is done by someone on their staff.
Be that as it may, my hope is that with enough tweets coming into their account, at least their staff can relay to their “Boss” the overall feeling their constituents are expressing on a particular issue.
I do know some Reps participate personally, as I was just blocked by one. Guess I hit a nerve but so be it.
How To Tweet To Rep
Don’t just tweet to the Rep. Tweet a REPLY to one of their tweets.
So, the first rule to follow is to REPLY to one of their tweets. Why you may ask? Because when you do this, the tweet sticks to their timeline on a thread under their original tweet. They can’t delete it. And best of all, other people looking at that Reps tweet will be able to see what others think of what the Rep tweeted.
Let’s Look At An Example:
I picked on John Boehner. I went to his personal Twitter site (not his SpeakerBoehner site) and first thing I did was look at his Profile. I wanted to locate what district he represented in Ohio because I am going to use this information in my REPLY to his tweet. I found that he represented Ohio’s 8th District so the most common way this is referred to in Twitter is with the hashtag #OH08.
Next, I located one of his tweets I wanted to REPLY to:
Now, I like to compose a tweet that references something they said. This isn’t always possible, but after awhile it becomes fun. In this case he talks about remembering Americans who died in Benghazi. Well this is a sore spot with me as he has been blocking HRes 36 for a Select Committee to investigate Benghazi for over 9 months.
So I went to his Speaker site, @SpeakerBoehner and noted that in his tweets preceding 9/11, that he had not made a single tweet concerning Benghazi since Aug. 1. Of course on 9/11 it is politically expedient to mention Benghazi, but in the 6 weeks before, not so much.
Anyway, so that’s what I decided to make my post about:
Notice that I reference that he was remembering Benghazi dead, so I just asked him why no remembering since Aug. 1? I think it shows he is hypocritical on the subject. Notice also, that I included the hashtag #OH08. Now I don’t know if this makes any difference or not but if any of the political junkies out there happen to be watching it, they will see my tweet. Maybe his staff will take note, who knows.
Anyway the net result is a tweet to a REPLY that STICKS to his timeline in a thread under his tweet:
Anyway, hope that gives you some ideas on how tweet to Congress. They need to hear from you. Happy tweeting.
It was brought to my attention by Mark Prasek, founder of Patriot Journalist that his website has a complete Social Media Directory listing Twitter & Facebook accounts of US Senators/Representatives. I use this all the time and it is a real time saver. Thanks for the reminder Mark! – BTW, while you are there sign up. You won’t be sorry.
Patriot Journalist Social Media Directory ===> http://patriotjournalist.com/?Show=UShouse
Stan is the Senior Editor for StanHjerleid.com. He is a Tea Party Conservative and very concerned about the future of America. He is a Navy Veteran having served aboard the destroyer USS Laffey for 4 years. For the last 12 years he co-owns with his wife, Happy Cat Retreat, a cat boarding facility. He has owned 2 photography studios for 12 years and worked as an IT Specialist for 14 years. He loves animals and raises parrots in his spare time. He is also an avid road bicyclist and motorcyclist.