A Tweetup To Bring the Election to Socially Online People
We have picked a time and place for a tweetup where candidates who are serious about using social media can show up and meet in person with the people they will likely be talking to a lot online over the coming weeks.
I and many others have been critical of candidates who show up on social networks at election time, then disappear after the vote, validating our suspicions that they really had no intention of listening and engaging with the people they said they wanted to represent.
“A tweetup is an event where people who Twitter come together to meet in person.” But we don’t want to be restrictive to Twitter only. If you are connecting with people anywhere online to talk about a better city, there’s a good chance some of those people will be there. Please join us.
Where and When
Our hope is that this tweetup, scheduled on the last day that someone can submit their name to stand for election, will make our conversations online more respectful and productive. We hope that candidates will get a sense for the real people who care enough about their city to get online and talk about making it better and that citizens will get to know the candidates in an informal, personal way.
There won’t be any speeches, banners, or sponsors. Just show up at the Saint John Ale House on April 13 at 4:30. Grab a drink or a bite to eat and say hi to whoever you want to chat with about our great city and how you’ll work to make it better – all of us.
If you’d like to let people know that you plan to attend and encourage others to join you, we have set up an event on Schemer for that. If you need an invite, just send us your email address and we’ll invite you or ask a friend who’s going to invite you.
See you next Friday the 13th…