Well, I never thought I’d jump into it but… I had a workshop this past weekend around how to use Twitter as a activism tool. And WOW! It is pretty powerful. I remember years ago watching all those news shows with tweets popping up in their broadcasts and thinking, “Who really cares about what these people have to say?” But I realize now, the power of linking voices in a platform that allows me to find supporters, target changemakers, and possibly even fix our climate catastrophe.
Why Twitter? While Facebook has some tagging ability and much sharing potential, Twitter allows one to direct message any group or individual with a Twitter handle. OK, handle is one of the many words I’m learning have a different meaning that I originally thought. But handle is a good word as you can use it to grab a handle on someone to get their attention. When you want to tag someone in your Tweet, you use the ampersand: @JamiG4MN When you want to label a Tweet as associated with something, you use a hashtag: #ActOnClimate Another new word is “card” which is the picture that pops up on your Tweet. [Yes, I am feeler younger by the minute!]
At present, I’m just beginning. I have had to delete 3-4 Tweets as I didn’t like the way they presented. So I’m a SLOW Tweeter!! But I’m getting there. I’m following some folks and some are following me (mostly my friends from the Twitter workshop!) and I look forward to seeing how this works as a tool for generating change.
If you’re a Twit too, come follow me! Together, perhaps we can change the world.
UPDATE 3-8-19: Oh, boy!! I got a mention at MN350 this week after the #SeenAndHeardTraining – yes, check out our fun class on Twitter! 🙂
Guess that 200+ hours I’ve put in since 2019 started is really making a difference! Kinda feel like I’m back to work but it’s working for a cause in which I truly believe so that brings hope, just as Greta Thunberg promised. Power to the People, indeed!! Love her and the school strikes for climate. “Why should we be studying for a future that soon may not exist anymore?” I’m with her. Focusing on saving the planet is way more important than any job I’ve had before.