I am a big fan of the West Virginia Community Development Hub and we recently partnered to write a series of articles on how social media influences the political process. Here is an excerpt from my one of the features:
As trusted community leaders, politicians serve as a valuable resource when something goes wrong.
I don’t mean just during the next political scandal or national report on the ills of West Virginia, but in a real crisis or emergency. When people need information they look to their political leaders, and the quickest real-time place to share information is via social media.
Social media – especially Twitter and Facebook – are the new community room. It’s the place to have and host a two-way conversation with your constituents.
You can read the full article here: Why Politicians Should Be On Twitter
Communication is a two way street, well good communication is a two way street – especially in social media. I offered a few tips for politicians on connecting with their constituents through social media, and here is some advice for those wanting to use social media to reach their local politicians.
Include your district when reaching out – e.g. #district51.Politicians should engage with you more if they know you are in their voting district.
Follow local and national politicians. According to the Pew Research Center, only 20 percent of social media users follow their local officials or candidates.
Reach out to someone specific. @ them in your Tweet or Facebook post, so they can see your post