Thursday, December 19, 2013
Using Twitter to Fight Amnesty
A few months ago, I opened up a Twitter account. Since then, I have amasssed over 2000 followers, and a much better idea of how to use Twitter to get my message out. Here are some ideas: For one thing, visit 24ahead.com's Twitter account. Retweet some of his tweets. In particular, re-tweet those that mention people (i.e. that use the @ sign). He does tend to be abrasive toward allies (like NumbersUSA) who are not doing things the way he wants, so you will have to use your own judgment as to what to re-tweet and what not to. Alternately, you can use the "reply" function to back him up when he asks a question, if you think you have something to add. The people he talks to can be a good guide as to people whom you might want to contact independently and suggest things to. Also, use hashtags (#) and searches to find people who are arguing on the immigration debate. Tweet them with questions regarding their stance, or supporting their stance (depending on what their stance is), preferably with links to pieces that support your position. Please be aware, do not follow someone whom you are asking tough questions of, because this makes it more likely that you will be suspended if they decide to block you. Also, do not ask too many questions in a row of one person (especially someone you don't know), lest they become annoyed and treat you as spam. Not having a person's Twitter account designation (i.e. their "@") as the first thing on a Tweet is usually good, because it means that it will be broadcast onto your followers' Twitter feeds and put on your primary Twitter page (as opposed to under the "Tweets & Replies" page), plus it makes it less likely for a block to result in a suspension, so usually it's useful to put a period before the first "@". Try to amass followers. I do that by following 20-30 people over the course of a day. Before you follow someone, check them out to see if they are a good fit. Everyone you follow, put in a folder (I use 3 folders, and generally fill one while cleaning out the one after it. After it is totally empty, I start filling it and start cleaning out the one after that one). After a week or so, unfollow those that have not followed you and move them to a folder for people whom you have followed and have not followed back (so that you don't keep re-following the same person every two weeks), and those that have followed back, remove from your list. You can also have other ways of amassing followers, but be careful not to go overboard and alert the anti-spam functions of twitter. And of course, don't follow indiscriminately. My previous posts have lists of links you can use when arguing immigration questions. Please don't link to these posts but to the articles the posts link. Also, check out the articles and make certain that what you are linking to is relevant to the thing you are arguing. Generally, a Tweet should say something like: "It's not a RW talking point. Ted Rall sees link between immigration, lower wages: http://rall.com/2013/05/30/syndicated-column-immigration-reform-is-treason". DREAM Act/KIDS Act/DACA Claims that Pro-Amnesty helped GOP candidates win Responses to claims "enforcement has failed," "Senate bill is pro-enforcement," or claims of how much Obama has increased enforcement Responding to poll-based propaganda Quibbling over the term "amnesty" Responses to those touting assimilation in 19th century as proof immigration won't hurt our culture Links about the negative effect of immigration on wages Links for pointing out the baleful influence of megadonors on immigration policy Links for decrying Wall Street open-borders lobbying Links for discussing negative impact of mass immigration on the environment Pointing out how mass immigration hurts blacks That is all.