1. TWITTER’S METEORIC RISE: The jury is out - Twitter use and social media channels are shaping and influencing policy worldwide. This according to the 3rd annual Capital Staffers index from Edelman Global Public Affairs. The study is based on interviews with over 500 senior staffers from cities in 11 different countries around the world, including Washington, D.C.
Advocacy and corporate public affairs campaigns take note. The meteoric rise in Twitter use means Twitter is driving the conversation about issues and policy. (Edelman includes mucho in the way of stats and graphs, so I encourage you to check out their report)
2. NEW TWITTER: Yesterday brought the launch of a faster and simpler Twitter. This is only the beginning of making Twitter accessible to everyone on the planet and portends a bright future for the platform. But don’t just take my word for it. Here’s a personal favorite piece about the launch, mostly because it uses my favorite quote from The Social Network. (7 billion IS really cool)
You might also check out the launch video. I make a cameo, which is only one of many reasons to VIEW. 3. SOCIAL MEDIA WILL DECIDE THE ELECTION: Sean Parker — the big brain behind Napster & one of the big brains behind Facebook — says social media will decide the election. Of course, he means people, using social media, will decide the elections, but you get his drift. (Sean was played by Justin Timberlake in the movie, so he’s the real deal …)
I’ve joined Twitter, Inc. leading Strategic Partnerships in DC. As an active user of (and major evangelist for) the game-changing platform since April 2007, I’m elated to play on their team. Learn and grow, learn and grow, no rest for the weary!
After 3 1/2 years, I have decided to leave Engage as co-owner and partner. When founding the company, we aimed to raise the bar for how new media is approached in political and public affairs campaigns. And, I’m proud to say, I think we have, exceeding my wildest expectations. I hear (frequently) from people who say we inspired them to join the growing industries of digital media and politics, or wage the internal battle in their organization for a slice of the media budget. We’ve been fortunate to advise congressmen, senators, governors, presidential candidates and Fortune 50 companies, all made possible thanks to an awe-inspiring, innovative team. With this strong foundation, I expect that Patrick Ruffini and the team will continue to inspire and amaze. I’ll be cheering them on! As for me, I’m fired up and looking forward to new adventures ahead. Stay tuned!