Who and Why I Follow

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Today is Who and Why I Follow Day (yeah, I’m late to the party). So, without further ado, here’s my list (in no particular order):

  • Brian Auer – His blog is a must read for photographers.
  • Danielle Brigida – A mentor of sorts in the world of social media outreach.
  • Danielle Corsetto – I love her Web comic, and I love her marketing style.
  • Jay Rosen – The dude knows, and has been following, what’s wrong with traditional media.
  • Julia Goldberg – Back in New Mexico, she’s the one in the know.
  • Clay Shirky – He rocked PDF this year.
  • Scott Orr – He’s not prolific, but his tweets are always solid.
  • Nora Reed – Because her dad is so awesome, something had to have rubbed off.
  • Ari Herzog – The man rocks, and helped us out.
  • Roaul Pop – His photos are incredible, and he’s ahead of the curve with great links.
  • Jason Stoff – I now know what funny truly means.
  • Jim Goldstein – Great insight into modern photography.

Of course, the entire Sunlight Foundation crew (too many to mention here), and, of course, members of Congress.

Let Congress Tweet

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Sunlight has a new initiative up and running, and if you use Twitter (or other social services, like Facebook or YouTube) you should take notice. I blogged about it over at Huffington Post:

The full value of politicians using social networks and technology is still up for debate — are they just “repackaging,” or can these new tools really help bridge the divide between elected officials and their constituents? These questions will remain unanswered unless Congress establishes new rules over members’ use of the Internet.

The current atmosphere is a mixture of formal rules developed in the 90s and ad hoc advisory opinions, all designed around franking regulations, which usually govern traditional media like mail and television. Interactive services like Facebook, YouTube and Friendfeed are so dissimilar to these older methods that the rules no longer makes sense.

So, if you’re on Twitter (and if you’re not, you should be), head on over to LetOurCongressTweet.org to sign the petition.