If you’re an elected official, a candidate for a position, or an active, avid and or concerned citizen vis-a-vis hoco politics, this page is for you.
For starters, it will be very helpful if you read the “For government” page on this site.
Check out Scott E Software’s social media scorecards
Candidates, isn’t this grand? A local citizen in Howard County is compiling and updating technology outreach scorecards for each of the races and all of the candidates. That includes you, of course. Remember, the majority of your GenX (ages 33-53 in 2014) and Millennial (ages 10-32 in 2014) voters — and more and more, your Boomer (though certainly not your Silent Gen) voters — find blogging, tweeting, Facebook updates and the occasional Instagram photo fundamental to understanding who you are and what you stand for.
Do you have a blog?
Many candidates have campaign websites and regular email newsletter campaigns. But do you have a blog? Content (the writing) is the hard part. The technology (especially with blogs) is fairly easy. It’s free to be listed on HoCoBlogs.com and takes but a few minutes. If you have a “latest news” or updates section on your website, you may have an RSS feed which our technology can read and use. To learn more about which blogs we list and why, read here. And as you blog, get to know the various special tags you can add to your blog to reach a more specific niche audience.
Get to know the local bloggers
If there is a predictable time around which the local blog scene flares up with activity, election time is it. While we have several hundred bloggers in our database, only a small sliver of them write about local elections, but those that do, do. Get to know the bloggers as real people so they can know you as a real person, too. Read some of the blogs listed on HoCoBlogs.com (especially in the community and politics section). Comment on their blogs. Engage. Follow @HoCoBlogs on Twitter for a stream of local blogs, perspective and news. And come to our parties and other events for HoCo bloggers and their readers.
Use Twitter and hashtags with intent
- Follow this list of HoCo Elected Officials (and candidates) Twitter accounts – and make sure that you’re on it, too. This will help you to stay up to date with the local political scene and see how other candidates are managing their Twitter presences.
- Get to know your HoCo hashtags. Here’s a robust list. And follow@HoCoBlogs to see an active use of local hashtags.
- Use local hashtags in your tweets:
Tune in the the local LWV
The League of Women Voters of Howard County may offer social media workshops, suggested tags for races and much more.
For the political parties
Rally, organize and publish. It would be a great boon to your candidates and party to compile all the online and social information for each candidate and office, and then to publish wide and far this information. In particular, you’re probably looking to list the candidate’s —
- Facebook page
- Pinterest, Instagram, YouTube, etc.
- Email newsletter sign-up link
- Twitter account
- Twitter hashtag for the candidate (Hashtags can be used in Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Vine and more), e.g. #WendyRoyalty4hoco
- The election-related hashtag, e.g. #HoCoExec, #HoCoCouncil, #HoCoDelegate
Share your news!
Read this page for more tips and help on how to share your news with Howard County bloggers and social media activists and enthusiasts.