Are you a liberty-lover looking to connect with like-minded folks for mutual gain? Then Twitter – a service that enables you to broadcast short messages and find a network – is for you. We libertarians are so few and far between that networking is critical. It’s a force-multiplier. It’s a survival strategy.
Tons of Liberty-Advancing Ways to Use Twitter
Twitter has tons of practical uses that will advance your reputation, the causes you care about and the profile of liberty, including
- stimulate folks to be more conscious of the importance of liberty;
- radicalize existing liberty-lovers;
- share breaking news of government idiocy;
- gain new collaborators for your liberty efforts;
- disseminate examples of free market practicality; and
- demonstrate the considerable but often hidden strength of the liberty movement.
How to Get the Most out of Twitter
With that in mind, here are 10 steps on how liberty-lovers can leverage Twitter for liberty activism.
- Check out the above video for an introduction to Twitter, sign up for a Twitter account and choose a short but meaningful username.
- For your avatar, use a well-lit photo of yourself genuinely smiling in which your face occupies a large part of the frame. It makes a difference!
- Fill out your bio and take advantage of the “More Info URL” field to link to your blog, Facebook page, OpenID profile or anything else that enables people to connect with you further. Take advantage of the full 160 characters and include key words such as libertarian, anarchist, voluntaryist, Ron Paul fan and/or Free State Project
- Look for people you already know that are on Twitter and follow them.
- Post your thoughts on something timely and/or post a link with your commentary. Don’t post that you don’t know what to post, that you’re eating dinner (unless it’s some kind of special dinner), that you’re paranoid because you’re being followed or anything else that others probably wouldn’t find interesting.
- Find some libertarian thought leaders (see below for suggestions) on Twitter, follow them and engage with them. Find something they said that sparks your interest and reply to it.
- Post at least once per week and ideally a few times per day.
- When someone new follows you, follow them back if they seem like a genuine person (and not a marketing front). Even those with whom you disagree or who don’t get liberty can be a valuable part of your network.
- Politeness matters. Rudeness does not go down well on Twitter and it’s best to avoid it.
- Remember that Twitter is all about engaging others in productive and stimulating conversation. Everything else flows from that. Have fun!
Keep Trying New Things
I’m no social media expert so consider this a basic introduction to get you started until you feel comfortable enough to perform your own experiments. Oh and don’t forget to follow me at twitter.com/georgedonnelly. :)
P.S. Libertarian Thought Leaders on Twitter
Here are some good liberty-lovers to get started following on Twitter.
Please share your tips for budding libertarian Twitter activists. What’s your purpose in using Twitter, how do you achieve it and how have you fared?
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