Great Lakes Days will have a new wrinkle year: Coverage on social media outlets.
For the first time, the Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes Coalition will be live blogging from Great Lakes Days on this Web site and posting updates on our Twitter feed: @healthylakes.
Since HOW Coalition staffers can’t be at all of the events at Great Lakes Days, or tag along on all of the visits to Congressional offices, we’re looking for help from our coalition members.
We’re asking our coalition members participating in Great Lakes Days to post tweets and blog about their experiences during the event. We’re asking each coalition member organization participating in Great Lakes Days produce at least five tweets and one blog post about the event. Post on your organization’s Web site or Twitter feed and we will link to your blog posts and tweets.
Our goal is to use social media to amplify our message to Congress, which is: Maintain funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative and pass the Stop Asian Carp Act, which would speed up efforts to keep these invasive fish out of the lakes.
With more than 100 coalition members descending on the nation’s capitol for Great Lakes Days, we hope to churn out numerous tweets and blog posts about this important event.
These guidelines will help coalition members produce timely and informative tweets and blog posts.
Start with a simple tweet from your organization’s Twitter account, announcing your participation at Great Lakes Days.
Please use the hashtag #GLdays so that people can track the progress through the conclusion of Great Lakes Days.
Send out tweets both before and after meeting(s) with U.S. House and Senate staff. Be sure to use the name of elected officials in your tweet.
Remind folks that we’re in Washington to urge Capitol to urge Congress to maintain funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative and pass the Stop Asian Carp Act.
Follow the progress throughout the time you’re in D.C. by clicking on the hashtag #GLdays (or go to http://hashtags.org/GLdays), where you’ll see tweets from organizations and individuals participating in the event.
Respond to and re-tweet your followers’ tweets.
IMPORTANT: Mention the members of congress with whom you meet. For example. Michigan Sen. Carl Levin’s twitter handle is @SenCarlLevin. Sample tweet would be: Met with @SenCarlLevin during #GLdays. He remains committed to #GLRI.
Please use the following hashtags that are used by the Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes Coalition’s healthylakes twitter account.