Twitter: New form of citizen participation – Tweet your senator

I just stumbled upon the “Organizing for America” website with a new feature: Constituents can send Twitter messages to their Senator by adding a zip code to their message. The goal is to alert Senators of who is supporting Obama’s health insurance plan. The Twitter messages are popping up on a Google Mashup. Here are the instructions:

Enter your zip code above and you will be re-directed to the Twitter website to send your message. Due to character limitations, one of your senators will be selected at random each time you tweet.

About Ines Mergel

I am Full Professor of Public Administration at the Department of Politics and Public Administration at University of Konstanz, Germany. Previously, I served as Assistant and then Associate Professor (with tenure) at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University, NY. In my research, I focus on informal social networks in the public sector and the adoption and diffusion of digital service innovations in government organizations. I teach classes on social media management, digital government, public management, and social network analysis.

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