This is a guide intended to show activists how to utilize Twitter.
Twitter is a microblogging platform on which users make posts, or status updates, known as tweets. A tweet is limited to 140 characters.
On the streets of Chisinau and Tehran, some believe that we played witness to the sheer capacity of Twitter as means to organize and facilitate mass demonstrations and uprisings. While Twitter’s true revolutionary potential remains the subject of great debate, proponents of digital activism tend to embrace such social media platforms as an open forum for discussion, and trumpet its’ users as watchdogs.
What to tweet?
What is a retweet (RT)?
What is a hashtag (#)?
How to contact others?
The art of tweeting
Twitter asks users to answer the question‘’What’s happening?”
Activists are encouraged to document their activism-related activities on Twitter. Aside from networking opportunities, Twitter affords activists a free platform for the promotion of blog posts, cause-based literature, event dates, petitions, protests, etc.
Retweets allow a user to share tweets of others with their followers. As such, a retweet (RT) is simply a tweet that has been shared.
If a tweet containing a hashtag is sent from a public account, it is possible for anyone who searches for that hashtag to find your tweet.
When tweeting, activists are encouraged to use hashtags extensively. Hashtags will enable other like-minded activists to locate and follow your feed on Twitter.
Reaching out to fellow activists
Via Twitter, activists should be able to seek out fellow activists who are also using the microblogging platform. Activists are encouraged to reach out to their counterparts by following their Twitter feeds, contacting them via direct message (d), or publicly addressing them via the @ feature.
Thank you for reading this story…
More people are reading rabble.ca than ever and unlike many news organizations, we have never put up a paywall – at rabble we’ve always believed in making our reporting and analysis free to all, while striving to make it sustainable as well. Media isn’t free to produce. rabble’s total budget is likely less than what big corporate media spend on photocopying (we kid you not!) and we do not have any major foundation, sponsor or angel investor. Our main supporters are people and organizations -- like you. This is why we need your help. You are what keep us sustainable.
rabble.ca has staked its existence on you. We live or die on community support -- your support! We get hundreds of thousands of visitors and we believe in them. We believe in you. We believe people will put in what they can for the greater good. We call that sustainable.
So what is the easy answer for us? Depend on a community of visitors who care passionately about media that amplifies the voices of people struggling for change and justice. It really is that simple. When the people who visit rabble care enough to contribute a bit then it works for everyone.
And so we’re asking you if you could make a donation, right now, to help us carry forward on our mission. Make a donation today.