RPVNetwork

Grassroots Network of the Republican Party of Virginia

One idea has been a hash tag. These are particularly effective for twitter users searching for a topic to follow. Perhaps we can consider a variety of hash tags for particular topics. I believe we can leverage twitter by following each other on twitter. To that end I would suggest two things. First establishing a discussion here or more centrally for people to reply with their twitter tags. Second, perhaps the group admin could modify the profile to include a twitter tag line to collect that info on joining or updating a profile. I would be interested in the thoughts of members of this group.

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Oh, Chuck! You think I know what a hashtag is? I want to respond, but I've got a lot to learn about some of the technology - including hash tag. Tell us more!
Ok Deborah, for better or worse. A hashtag looks like this: #tcot It stands for top conservatives on twitter. You can do a search in twitter for tweets with a particular hashtag. Perhaps the most successful I know of was #dontgo. It was used by Republicans on the floor of the house staying behind to debate drilling when Harry Pelosi turned off the house lights and cameras. As word got out more and more people followed the exploits on twitter by following the #dontgo hashtag. I believe these tags are effective for a particular event in getting other people on twitter to follow the tag. My suggestion though is if we are instead building a community it may be more effective to simply follow each other's postings regardless of the exact topic.
Chuck, I would be the Group admin I guess. Let me see if I understand you right. We would create a Twitter name/account for this group ten have something similar to a RSS feed that people could monitor via Twitter? Is there something else I am missing? It doesn't seem Ning provides much else for monitoring this group that I can tell. Would be glad to help in anyway I can. BTW, it appears that RSS feeds to this site are only Discussion Forum posts, not comments from main page. Will see if it updates the RSS feed with this post. Thanks, Ken
Monitoring a Twitter Stream hashtag for me is like being able to view messages as they go over a telegraph wire, they are sequential with each carrying a specific message from the sender. Problem is that there are millions of these messages on Twitter. When the sender adds hashtags to his message, this allows the sender to make his particular message unique to a particular group of topic so that others may search for and pull off the wire for their viewing.

Like Chucks example of monitoring the Twitter Stream for messages using hashtag: #dontgo

http://search.twitter.com/search?q=%23dontgo

Hopefully, you see the hashtag has connected many people to one specific discussion among the millions of "tweets" that happen everyday on Twitter.
As I suggested a hashtag is good for a limited time event, because the twitter stream is too dense to monitor continuously. But if you know to look for a hashtag you can do a twitter search for the tag and look at the stream.

On the other hand if we all list our twitter names here we can follow each other. One twitter tool I use is tweetdeck. It allows me to separate the feed into groups. I can set up a group or column in my tweetdeck and it will send all the tweets I define to that column for easier reading.

Just some examples. I am working on other ideas as they come to mind and would enjoy hearing from others.
Well, yeah that and the API is rate limited so it's basically impossible to monitor a hashtag in realtime without bumping up against it. You can do things with HT's but everyone can see the updates. A slightly more sophisticated way would be to create a closed group using Pipes but I don't think that's what we want to do. I suppose the best thing to do is just tag VA tweets with #rpvn and keep a search running for that hash. There was a bug with the previous ver of tweetdeck that didn't refresh the search but if you're running the latest and greatest you shouldn't have that problem.
A late but warm thanks for your explanation Chuck!

Chuck Young said:
Ok Deborah, for better or worse. A hashtag looks like this: #tcot It stands for top conservatives on twitter. You can do a search in twitter for tweets with a particular hashtag. Perhaps the most successful I know of was #dontgo. It was used by Republicans on the floor of the house staying behind to debate drilling when Harry Pelosi turned off the house lights and cameras. As word got out more and more people followed the exploits on twitter by following the #dontgo hashtag. I believe these tags are effective for a particular event in getting other people on twitter to follow the tag. My suggestion though is if we are instead building a community it may be more effective to simply follow each other's postings regardless of the exact topic.

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