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New Technology for RPV Network Members


New Technology for RPV Network Members

One major issue in the last election was the perceived absence or limited use of new social technologies by conservatives. The purpose of this group is to introduce conservatives to these technologies and their use.

Members: 50
Latest Activity: Apr 1, 2012

Discussion Forum

Our Virginia Principle Patriots – Have you got their back?

Started by Constitutional Reset AKA Russell May 12, 2010.

Google Friends API to be Released

Started by Mary Copas Mar 13, 2009.

Adding live video/audio streaming to your site - at zero cost 4 Replies

Started by Brad Smith. Last reply by Mary Copas Mar 13, 2009.

Leveraging twitter 7 Replies

Started by Chuck Young. Last reply by Deborah Wahlstrom Jan 10, 2009.

Tweetdeck 4 Replies

Started by Brad Smith. Last reply by BowlMeOverVa Dec 31, 2008.

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Comment by Chris on January 1, 2009 at 3:14pm
That's not a bad thing. You want new posts showing up in the RSS feed, like headlines in a newspaper.
Comments, like letters to the editor in that paper, are perhaps better handled via email update to a Gmail account, with an RPVNetwork label in place, and a filter to pipe all the RPVNetwork traffic right into that label. This is what I do, and it is at least one good way to manage high traffic volumes.
Comment by BowlMeOverVa on December 31, 2008 at 3:30pm
Ok, enough fooling around with this RSS feed for this group. It appears that it only provides updates when a new discussion is posted. It does not post comments so you would still have to come back here to see comments. Long story short, you can get RSS feeds for this group but only for their initial posting but not for submitted comments updates. If anyone knows different let me know. Thanks, Ken
Comment by BowlMeOverVa on December 31, 2008 at 1:04pm
All, I updated the group settings to enable RSS reader. Not sure how this works but will let you know if I am able to get something meaningful.
Comment by Deborah Wahlstrom on December 28, 2008 at 10:58am
I'll try out the Zoho sheet later today. What a great find, Ken. This may just be the solution to posting voting records online. I'll keep the tech team posted on how it works out! Thanks, Ken - we're one step closer to the Promises in Politics piece getting posted.
Comment by BowlMeOverVa on December 28, 2008 at 9:02am
Nice, a really well balanced web presence for yourself and Suffolk County. I look into adding a Twitter presence with RSS feeds from your blog sites.

I just looked into Zoho sheet and created/uploaded the following (free I might add) via a Google or Yahoo account.


Zoho homepage:

Good Luck!
Comment by Deborah Wahlstrom on December 27, 2008 at 4:03pm
I'm with you, Marti! There's so much to learn and bringing everything together is the challenge. Here are the things I've been working with thus far:

Blogger: Here are two examples of what I'm working on (Both are DRAFTS).

Windows Live (which I really like)
This is the newest piece I'm working with, but thus far I am very pleased.
Check my DRAFT page here. This site has built-in features that I really like, but I haven't figured out how to preview my LIVE page yet. If anyone knows how to do this, please let me know. The calendar in this is easier to work with than the Google Calendar (which is what I used in the Inside Suffolk blog above).

See my attempt - simply to see if I liked it:


Microsoft Expressions (which will replace FrontPage)
Go to www.SuffolkVAGOP.org to see the DRAFT of a website I'm working on for us.

Constant Contact (I also really like this email piece)
I've used this program a lot and love it! This is a system that will also allow people to add email addresses so you can build a HUGE EMAIL LIST. (And we all know how important that is.)

You Tube
Of course!

Zoomerang Surveys (not free, but good) Blogger has a polling capability as does Windows Live.

Of course the challenge: not one tool does it all. We'll use Constant Contact for emails/phone blasts, etc., etc. We really want to make our party more visible in Suffolk.

I cannot wait to learn more from this terrific group!
Comment by Meredith Ellsworth on December 27, 2008 at 3:33pm
Referring back to Brad Smith's of 12/7: I have found vpap.org (not to mention the State site) to be difficult to navigate. I like the Gov.Trac site mentioned by Chris--is there something similar for Virginia alone?
Comment by Deborah Wahlstrom on December 27, 2008 at 2:56pm
Help! I've been tracking the voting records of Council members for the past two years and set up an Excel spreadsheet that shows everyone's voting records. (I also want to do this for the Planning Commission, Economic Development Authority, and School Board members.) I would like to post this online - and be able to change it online - so it is more of a dynamic document. Does anyone know how to do this?

We're putting together a Promises and Politics piece to track how our elected officials are doing.
Comment by BowlMeOverVa on December 13, 2008 at 9:56am
In Twitter Land there is a lot of collaboration of social media going on. If you have a message or cause you want to share with others, social media technology is a great way to get "connected" and to get "eyeballs" on your topic. For the readers here, I am sorry, I signed up for a Face Book account and in hindsight I should have taken notes and posted my trials and tribulations above. Face Book is similar to My Space and is but another social media tool being used by people looking for others with common causes (or trying to sell you something). Overall, I was not very pleased with some of Face Books approach to try to "connect" me up with people I did not know or care to know (except it did find OP!). I was not happy with the net result of my Face Book page as it seems cluttered and confusing. It will obviously require some more work on my part which is not good in my opinion. If you sign up for Face Book or My Space please post your thoughts above so others will be familiar with its registration and setup process. Thanks Ken!
Comment by Chris on December 12, 2008 at 7:49pm
For example, I use Gmail, with a special RPVNetwork and a filter to collect all of the traffic from this site in a manageable way.

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