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Using Twitter to Contact Policymakers

The Pension Rights Center's guide to using Twitter for advocacy

We've created a Twitter Guide to help you learn how to use Twitter to contact members of 
Congress and other policymakers about your pensions. 

Twitter is fun, easy and interactive. It’ll take no time to set up.

Why should I use Twitter?

How should I use Twitter?

  • Tweet your concerns: Tweet to key policymakers to make sure they know your concerns.
  • Involve others: Ask your family, friends and others for their support.

What is Twitter?

  • Twitter is a social media platform that allows people to express their opinions in 140 characters or less.

What is a Tweet?

  • A Tweet is your thought expressed in 140 characters or less.

How do I create a Twitter account?

  1. Visit www.twitter.com
  2. Enter your contact information.
  3. Click the SIGN UP FOR TWITTER BUTTON
  4. Select a unique username. This will be the name people see when you’re tweeting. Our user name is @PensionRights. Click LET'S GO. 
  5. Next, Twitter will ask you to select which topics you’re interested in. You can skip this step by clicking the CONTINUE button until you arrive at the home page.
  6. Start Tweeting! Enter the text of your tweet in a box at the top of the page a box that says WHAT'S HAPPENING. After you've typed your tweet, hit the TWEET button, then you’re good to go!

Elements of a tweet

Tagging

 

Links

Images

Hashtags

Hashtags2

Sample hashtags you can use are: 

  • #ProtectOurPensions
  • #NoPensionCuts
  • #RepealMPRA
  • #MPRAFacts

How do I target key policymakers?

  • Make a list of key policymakers you want to target
  • Twitter handles are often posted on websites for members of Congress
  • You can also find Twitter handles for members of Congress at www.tweetcongress.org.

Have questions?

Read our Twitter Guide for more detailed information. Still have quetsions?  Contact us by sending an e-mail to webmaster@pensionrights.org

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