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Wikipedia Instates 10-Day Editing Ban on US House of Representatives

A group of anonymous individuals from within the US House of Representatives have posted a series of so-called ‘disruptive’ edits to various Wikipedia pages.

‘Personal Lobbying’ for Five Bucks?

Would you pay $4.95 for someone to call a lawmaker on your behalf? Amplify’d, a newly-launched startup, claims to offer “personal lobbyists” for less than five bucks a pop.

Members of Congress Lack Social Media Know-How

Rather than taking advantage of social media as the two-way channels they represent, many lawmakers are instead using Facebook and Twitter to disseminate press releases and repetitive sound bites.

Broadcast TV Weighs Heavily on Face-to-Face Political Conversations

As advocacy professionals, we spend a lot of time deliberating how to craft and position messages that will resonate with our target audiences. What we tend to think less about, however, is what happens to these messages once they have been received; more specifically, how people converse with one another about the issues they hear and learn about

Using Social Media to Highlight Life Away from Capitol Hill

Instead of solely focusing on the bills they want passed or the platforms and issues they champion, Congress is using social media to put aspects of their personal lives display.

Twitter’s Effect on Politics and Journalism

Despite the fact that a relatively small percentage of the American population uses Twitter, the social platform has become an essential tool for journalists, and has caused a significant shift in the dynamic between political operatives and major publications.

The Latest Congressional Battleground: Social Media

Two separate groups have created competitions to honor and promote the best social media presences run by congressional offices.

Twitter Will Not Replace Traditional Polling Anytime Soon

In August, we ran a post on Twitter and its potential to predict the outcome of an election. Sociology experts at Indiana University claimed that what people say about political candidates on Twitter (and Facebook) is a very good indicator of how they will vote. Interesting findings, to be sure, but social media analysis is not on the verge of replacing traditional polling methods.

Senior White House Officials Take On Verified Twitter Accounts

At present, the official White House Twitter account (@WhiteHouse) has 4.3 million followers. So how is the Obama administration staying on top of constituent feedback and inquiries via Twitter?

App Offers Insight on Companies’ Political Leanings

A new app called 2nd Vote makes it easy for consumers to track how companies “score” on certain hot-topic issues, including gun rights and federal subsidies.