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Even though I've had a twitter account for a few years, it's only been in the past few months that I've made extensive use of twitter.  (if you want to check out that usage, I'm @larryfeltonj there as well)

Recently an account and hashtag was set up nominally to protect progressives against "spam blocking", and in response to #TGDN, the lunatic right's equivalent project.

I'm skeptical about spam blocking as a primary reason for spending a lot of energy on lists and hashtags.  But #UniteBlue has turned into a very interesting and useful means of connecting progressives on twitter.  Other lists and hashtags have tried to do the same, but #UniteBlue seems to have gotten further, and yesterday helped to get the hashtag #SaveUSPS trending.  In and of themselves hashtags are an echo chamber, but as a platform to convince people to take real world action they could be an excellent platform.  At minimum members on  #SaveUSPS were being encouraged to go to their rep's website and send an email.

I've written much more extensively on twitter usage in this tumblr blog post.

If you are a twitter user and haven't checked out and thought about @UniteBlue / #UniteBlue yet, you should do so.


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Originally posted to http://larryfeltonjohnson.typepad.com on Sat Feb 09, 2013 at 07:30 AM PST.

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