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35 Indispensable Hashtags for Connecticut Tweeters

by Carol Buckheit on April 26, 2012

Twitter hashtags–# symbols preceding keywords– are integral to the Twitterverse, helping users organize conversations into  categories. Clicking on a hashtag in a tweet shows you all the aggregated tweets on a topic–from Tweeters all over the world. Hashtags are created organically by Twitter users; some are used regularly and others come and go (e.g. when […]

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Fear not. If you missed last week’s media panel at CT Advocacy Day on how to get your cause in the news, here are 12 golden tips from the lips of Daniela Altimari of the Hartford Courant, Lucy Nalpathanchil from WNPR CT Public Radio, and Keith Phaneuf from the Connecticut Mirror: Daniela and Lucy prefer […]

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As Connecticut burrows it’s way out of the freakiest October snowstorm on record, I’m left with buckets of Halloween candy from the cancelled holiday, a renewed appreciation for those gaudy purple wool socks gifted to me by mom a few years back, and new insights into the value of social media in a crisis.  At […]

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Can you believe that iPhone apps have only been around for a little over 3 years? Since Apple launched their App Store in July, 2008, over 15 billion apps have been downloaded onto mobile devices. As someone who spent thousands of hours toiling away as a community organizer, grassroots fundraiser, and communications director, I have […]

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I’m stumped. As I hopscotch around  Connecticut training nonprofit organizations in social media strategies, I’m amazed that so few have delved into my favorite social media tool: YouTube. Granted, nearly all my clients are small to medium organizations with tiny staffs, but, hey, YouTube is the number two search engine in the world, free, and […]

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Panel discussion at “PR and Politics” sponsored by the Public Relations Society of America: (L to R)–Roy Occhiogrosso (Senior Advisor to Gov. Malloy), Dennis House (WFSB), John Dankosky (WNPR), Colleen Flanagan (Gov Malloy’s Communications Director), Mark Pazniokas (CT Mirror), Nancy Andrews (CBIA) So there’s a new sheriff–er, Governor– in town, and judging from the “PR […]

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How could a tiny nonprofit organization like ours—with a staff of 7—organize a rally for hundreds of people within a day? With volunteers. Lots of ‘em. Especially hearty college students. Here’s what happened: In October 2008, the Connecticut Supreme Court ruled that same sex couples had the right to marry, making our state the third […]

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So you want to pass a bill? In many states, January marks the beginning of the legislative session, and advocacy groups are gearing up to rattle the cages at the state Capitol. So: whether it’s clean water, the death penalty, or a child welfare law, advocacy organizations would do well to prepare their communications –online […]

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How State Political Candidates Are Using Mobile Texting

by Carol Buckheit on August 16, 2010

With the primaries behind us and the general election ahead, I took a peek at how the Connecticut candidates for high-profile races–Governor and U.S. Senate — are using mobile texting as a campaign tool, and to what ends. Have local candidates taken a page from the Obama playbook and adopted his groundbreaking mobile strategies? Are there […]

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