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Twitter is an online discussion platform. It uses a shortened format of 280 characters per “tweet,” or posting. Tweets allow you to promote material by linking to other sites or using hashtags; sharing images, short clips, or gifs. A tweet also may stand alone as a personal comment or response. Your tweets appear in the chronological lists (known as “feeds”) of people who elect to “follow” you – so the best way to build your audience on Twitter is to follow other people and engage with their content in the hopes that they will follow you back. To be successful, update your feed on a regular basis and be strategic about what you post and why. There are lots of online resources that can help you learn some Twitter best practices. We offer some below.
Use Twitter if you are looking to invest between five to 10 minutes per day and want to convey brief messages or direct readers to other sources. If your needs are different, consider using a different social media channel.
Policymakers are a unique audience you may want to reach on Twitter. All members of Congress and congressional committees manage a social media presence and staffers often use Twitter to stay up-to-date on news. As a constituent, engaging with your local representatives is a way to share your opinions and engage on issues or legislation. We offer some tips to help you tweet effectively to your policymakers.
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