America, your congress is Mashed UP!

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Wynn Netherland presents ten things learned while building TweetCongress.org, the 2009 SXSW award-winning site for activism.

Wynn Netherland presents ten things learned while building TweetCongress.org, the 2009 SXSW award-winning site for activism.

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  • 1. Ten things we learned building TweetCongress.org AMERICA, YOUR CONGRESS IS MASHED UP! OpenBeta4 March 24, 2010 WYNNNETHERLAND Thursday, March 25, 2010
  • 2. My rep @michaelcburgess is on Twitter. Is yours? Thursday, March 25, 2010
  • 3. Thursday, March 25, 2010
  • 4. and aggregator ^ The idea: A Twitter directory for the US Congress Thursday, March 25, 2010
  • 5. Tales from the pitch the reaction: silence [ ] Thursday, March 25, 2010
  • 6. “... OK so no one else thinks this is a good idea” Thursday, March 25, 2010
  • 7. Lesson #1 Stick with a good idea Thursday, March 25, 2010
  • 8. myreptweets.com doesyourreptweet.com tweetcongress.com .org Thursday, March 25, 2010
  • 9. Thursday, March 25, 2010
  • 10. Lesson #2 A good name makes a difference Thursday, March 25, 2010
  • 11. Lesson #3 Have a why Thursday, March 25, 2010
  • 12. “We the Tweeple of the United States, in order to form a more perfect government, establish communication, and promote transparency do hereby tweet the Congress of the United States of America.” Thursday, March 25, 2010
  • 13. Thursday, March 25, 2010
  • 14. “Burn!” -- Michael Kelso Thursday, March 25, 2010
  • 15. Thursday, March 25, 2010
  • 16. Lesson #4 Small ideas can have a big impact Thursday, March 25, 2010
  • 17. Thursday, March 25, 2010
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  • 19. Thursday, March 25, 2010
  • 20. Lesson #5 Mash up your passions, have fun Thursday, March 25, 2010
  • 21. Thursday, March 25, 2010
  • 22. Lesson #6 Don't start from scratch - use APIs Thursday, March 25, 2010
  • 23. Are my congress folk on Twitter? Thursday, March 25, 2010
  • 24. Wait. Who the heck are my congress folk again? Thursday, March 25, 2010
  • 25. # GET /legislators.allForZip.json?zip=76227 Thursday, March 25, 2010
  • 26. What are my congress tweeps tweeting? Thursday, March 25, 2010
  • 27. That's so a whole other talk. Hit me with your questions in the Q&A... Thursday, March 25, 2010
  • 28. Lesson #7 Get whitelisted 20,000 is really a small number in the grand scheme of things. Thursday, March 25, 2010
  • 29. Lesson #8 Enthusiasm is contagious Thursday, March 25, 2010
  • 30. akfast w it h B re Nune maker John Thursday, March 25, 2010
  • 31. Lesson #9 Twitterland is a Red State ...for now Thursday, March 25, 2010
  • 32. Independent 2 Democrat 62 Democrat Republican Republican 123 Independent Thursday, March 25, 2010
  • 33. Lesson #10 Congress evokes strong feelings Thursday, March 25, 2010
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  • 37. So much fun at @openbeta4 in OKC tonight. Thanks for having me! Thursday, March 25, 2010