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Friday, June 15, 2012

A GUIDE TO TWEETING FOR PEACE and SOCIAL CHANGE | Craig Zelizer, Peace and Collaborative Development Network

This resource guide provides an introduction to Twitter, discuss the role it can and has played in peacebuilding and social change and offers key resources to begin actively using the platform.
So writes Craig Zelizer about this useful, informative blog. He explains [emphasis added]:
Over the past few years, Twitter has rapidly become a powerful tool for connecting social activists fostering political reform and change in many regions of the world. From the Arab spring countries, to Occupy Wall Street in the US, to how individuals inform and connect on serious issues such as organizing political movements, documenting resistance, reporting on violence, to more lighthearted uses such as connected groups around common issues, ranging from education to humor, Twitter has and will continue to have a tremendous impact.
After defining Twitter and describing how it works, Zelizer answers these questions, including links to other useful sites:
  • How to find interesting tweeters to follow?
  • How can a user get others to follow her account?
  • What is the connection of Twitter to peace and social change?
  • What does it take to have influence on Twitter?
He then posts an annotated list of some of his organization's favorite 23 "Top Tweeters" to consider following on peace, international development, social change and related fields.

Zelizer also lists three tools for using Twitter. And then he describes several challenges in using Twitter for social change:
  • Overconnecteness
  • Oversharing
  • Tweet ownership.
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This article is featured in today's daily paper under the Peace Now tab above.


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