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.

Congressional Twitter Feeds

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A few weeks ago, I wrote a blog entry over on Huffington Post about the need for new congressional rules that would let members of Congress use the same social tools that their constituents are using: Facebook, Youtube, blogs, etc. It was all part of the Sunlight Foundation‘s campaign, Let our Congress Tweet. While we used Twitter (the online social networking/microblogging site that limits your posts to 140 characters) as an example, we’re concerned that members of Congress should be able to use all the services technology offers.

Over at Congresspedia, we’re starting to track the members of Congress who are using Twitter. We’ve compiled a list of 29 members thus far, and we’re always on the look out for others. One neat trick we’re offering: for those members who are using Twitter, you can read their latest posts right on the Congressedia profile.

Rep. Tom Udall was one of the first to adopt the service, and his campaign has been quick to embrace blogging and other aspects of the Web as well. You can see his Congresspedia profile here, complete with his most recent “tweets” from Twitter.

If you know of any other members of Congress using Twitter (or congressional candidates for that matter) please let us know!

Netroots Nation

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RegistrationI’ve started adding photos to my Flickr stream – if you see me around and want your picture taken, let me know! I’ll keep uploading photos, and you can expect to see some posts about the conference over the next couple of hours. I ran into Matt from New Mexico FBIHOP, and I understand he’ll be busy working on a story for the New Mexico Independent tomorrow. I’ve also heard that Democracy for New Mexico is around! So, there’s plenty or writing coming. You can also:

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.