BMG’s own John E Walsh, fka John From Abington. is at the center of #walshgate. It appears that he sent a tweet to his 500+ followers that was supposed to be a DM. For those new to Twitter (like me), a DM is a Direct Message. The message, intended for an unknown individual, said:
Some are talking about you running vs Scott Brown in ’12. I’m Chair of MA Dem Party. My email is johnewalsh@xxxx cell-617-xxx-xxxx.
Now there is a hashtag #walshgate for people guessing the identity of the intended recipient.
Sample tweets about walshgate…
Loving watching this #walshgate drama unfold, if only because accidentally tweeting what is meant to be a DM is a great fear of mine.
#walshgate feels a bit like guessing who was the man behind, You’re So Vain. @JohnEWalshDem should auction it to highest bidder.
#walshgate is like clicking “reply to all” in Outlook. But to the whole internet. Cue overwhelming paranoia whenever DMing from now on.
Why is everyone talking about Maddow? The #Walshgate message was meant for me. I got a DM from him shortly after the public one went out.
Over the past week, I’ve been thinking about learning more about Twitter and how it could be useful for moving the Democratic political agenda forward. I had been thinking about posting on BMG asking readers whether or not they found Twitter to be useful. Before I posted I wisely looked to see if any similar thread had been posted on BMG recently. I found Ryan’s thread on Twitter. I did not see anything in the thread that convinced me that Twitter is worth my time. But I think I will give it a try.
I became a fan of facebook and see why it is useful. I know that people use facebook for a variety of reason. I made an intentional decision at some point to use facebook for three reasons:
- request for an action, like attending an event, getting people to volunteer, etc.
- influence thought, provide information
- ask a question
I intentionally avoid facebook status updates that say things like “I’m looking out the window.”
I’m a big fan of facebook used judiciously. While I wouldn’t spam my e-mail list with a request for a suggestion for a good restaurant in the North End, it is appropriate for the facebook culture.
When I first started using facebook I posted a diary and poll on BMG asking for thoughts on the best “Return On Investment” for internet organizing. While facebook got no votes, interestingly a significant number of the people who responded mentioned that they had seen my post on facebook.
I’m now asking the BMG community, have you ever been moved to action or had your opinion changes by a tweet from twitter?
Can twitter be used effectively in political organizing?
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