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Ten things we learned building TweetCongress.org

                           AMERICA, YOUR CONGRESS IS MASHED UP!
        ...
My rep @michaelcburgess
                           is on Twitter. Is yours?




Thursday, March 25, 2010
Thursday, March 25, 2010
and aggregator
                                           ^
                The idea: A Twitter directory for the US Congr...
Tales from


                                   the pitch




                                   the reaction:
           ...
“... OK so no one else thinks this is a good idea”




Thursday, March 25, 2010
Lesson #1

                                 Stick with a good idea



Thursday, March 25, 2010
myreptweets.com
                           doesyourreptweet.com
                           tweetcongress.com .org


Thursd...
Thursday, March 25, 2010
Lesson #2

                      A good name makes a difference



Thursday, March 25, 2010
Lesson #3

                                   Have a why



Thursday, March 25, 2010
“We the Tweeple of the United States,
                in order to form a more perfect
                government, establis...
Thursday, March 25, 2010
“Burn!”
                           -- Michael Kelso




Thursday, March 25, 2010
Thursday, March 25, 2010
Lesson #4

                   Small ideas can have a big impact



Thursday, March 25, 2010
Thursday, March 25, 2010
Thursday, March 25, 2010
Thursday, March 25, 2010
Lesson #5

                      Mash up your passions, have fun



Thursday, March 25, 2010
Thursday, March 25, 2010
Lesson #6

                 Don't start from scratch - use APIs



Thursday, March 25, 2010
Are my congress folk on Twitter?



Thursday, March 25, 2010
Wait. Who the heck are my congress folk again?




Thursday, March 25, 2010
# GET
                /legislators.allForZip.json?zip=76227




Thursday, March 25, 2010
What are my congress tweeps tweeting?




Thursday, March 25, 2010
That's so a whole other talk.
                           Hit me with your questions in the Q&A...




Thursday, March 25, ...
Lesson #7

                                    Get whitelisted
                    20,000 is really a small number in the ...
Lesson #8

                           Enthusiasm is contagious



Thursday, March 25, 2010
akfast w it h
      B re
            Nune maker
      John




Thursday, March 25, 2010
Lesson #9

                           Twitterland is a Red State ...for now



Thursday, March 25, 2010
Independent
                                        2      Democrat
                                                 62
  ...
Lesson #10

                      Congress evokes strong feelings



Thursday, March 25, 2010
Thursday, March 25, 2010
Thursday, March 25, 2010
Thursday, March 25, 2010
So much fun at @openbeta4
                           in OKC tonight. Thanks for
                           having me!




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