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Americans Elect Rapid Response Team and Americans Elect Twitter Day

Look at this website; it’s called AEvolunteers.com:

Americans Elect Volunteers Website with Rapid Response and Twitter Links

The website, which appears on google search, is working off a server in Santa Rosa and has cloaked its registrant with a privacy barrier, but is using the latest Americans Elect logos and fonts.

You can try to register for an account with AE Volunteer, but an administrator has to approve you. I’ve waited some days, but the administrator won’t approve me for some reason — even though I am a fully registered delegate with Americans Elect. This website must be for select people. What’s behind the registration wall? Follow the “Rapid Response” link to find out… there’s another login screen, behind which is some form of Rapid Response Team — a group of people whose job it is to respond to negative information regarding Americans Elect. Their activities are hidden from the public, for some reason.

Fortunately, the Twitter link at the top is not hidden behind a login screen, and shows the public what Americans Elect has in mind: a Twitter Day. The full text:

Twitter

WHAT: National Twitter Day

WHEN: Tomorrow! Tuesday 4/17/12 9-10am PDT, 10-11am MDT, 11am-12pm CDT, and 12-1pm EDT *note please Tweet as close as possible to the beginning of the hour in order to get the most impact.

WHERE: Wherever you are. You can tweet from any computer or smart phone from almost anywhere.

Here are the three Tweets that we are asking you to simply cut and paste into your Twitter feed. Please remember, we also encourage you to Tweet your own unique messages as much as you want during this time as well (the more the better). These Tweets have been created by Delegate Leader Bill Kelleher and are geared towards a specific demographic in order to have the most impact.

Political Science students #AmericansElect needs UR help! http://www.AmericansElect.org #PoliSci #Millennial #OWS #RockTheVote #election2012 #yal

Political Science students #Democracy needs UR help! http://www.AmericansElect.org
#PoliSci #Millennial #OWS #occupy #RockTheVote #election2012 #P2

Political Science students UR country needs U! http://www.AmericansElect.org
#PoliSci #Millennial #OWS #AmericansElect #RockTheVote #election2012

If you have any questions feel free to contact me at jinnee.joos@americanselect.org or by phone at 541-613-8999

All The Best,
Jinnee

P.S.
Here is a list of hashtags from Bill, try using these in your Tweets to get the most out of them…and don’t forget to mention AE!

NONPARTISAN
#democracy #politics #news #cim #nolabels #Election2012 #2012election
#voting #PoliSci #getmoneyout #moderates #independents #vote #overseas
===
STATES and CITIES
#Texas #Jersey #Alabama

#PA #GA #OH #MA #TN #VA #WV #MN

#California #LongBeach #SanFrancisco #LA
#ManhattanBeach #CA #Berkeley #hermosabeach #santamonica

#NewYork #NYC #Bronx #Manhattan
===
#OCCUPY
#OWS #occupydc #occupy #OLA #99%
#OSD #OSF #OO #osj #ocal #occupyseattle
#Anonymous #99ers #OccupyPDX #OccupyPortland #OccupyOregon
===
CONSERVATIVE
#tcot #teaparty #liberty #patriot #gop #conservative
#RNC #sgp #cagop #twisters #sot #ocra #ampat #Palin
===
LIBERAL
#tlot #P2 #DNC #banksters #progressive #left #coalition
#liberal #Labor #unions #solidarity #Community #rebelleft
===
MILITARY
#milfams #absentee #FVAP #Military #VETS #SOT #troops #Hooah
===
STUDENTS and YOUTH

#GenY #Leadership #students #education #millennial #rockthevote
#college #grads @CollegeDems
===
SCHOOLS
#ASU #ISU #OSU #USC #UCLA #UCSB #NYU #BU #MSU #Cal #Tech #BSU #KSU #UC #NSU#MIT

===
WORDS TO USE W/O #
Political Science
two-party system
Black politics

That’s interesting. What do you notice?


Update, 1:05 pm: at the suggestion of Joseph below, I’ve tracked the use of the hashtag #AmericansElect in the days before, including and after April 17, the Twitter Day organized by Americans Elect’s proclaimed “Delegate Leader” Bill Kelleher (the same “William J. Kelleher, Ph.D.” who frequently posts comments here urging people to stop asking questions about Americans Elect — part of the Americans Elect Rapid Response Team strategy). The pattern looks like this:

Americans Elect Twitter Day, April 17 2012: much volume, but not too many people

There is a relatively big spike in the appearance of #AmericansElect hashtag posts on April 17, but not a very big spike in the number of Twitter accounts using the hashtag. What that boils down to is a small number of participants, each one sending out a large volume of tweets.


Update #2, 6:13 pm: Now I’ve been given a username and password for aevolunteers.com, but that username and password do NOT grant me access to the “Rapid Response” area. Apparently, that area is double-secret.

7 comments to Americans Elect Rapid Response Team and Americans Elect Twitter Day

  • Joshua

    They say the Twitter day was Tuesday, April 17. I know this site sometimes reports on the AE-related Twitter traffic — what was it like on Tuesday?

  • Good question. Let me take a look.

  • Initial thoughts on the Twitter part of this…

    1) It’s not at all clear what “impact” these recommended tweets can have — apart from marginally tweaking up the point size of “#AmericansElect” in the Twitterverse tag cloud and, perchance, driving a little new traffic to a relatively static Web site whose home page still — after all these months — doesn’t communicate, to the uninitiated, even the press-release version of what Americans Elect is.

    2) The micro-targeting is very old school — very Doug Schoen.

    3) On the Twitter page of this site, there are 16 different feeds — and the obvious intent is to make it appear that this represents an enormous wave of Twitter activity on behalf of Americans Elect. But only the #Americans Elect feed has anything to do with Americans Elect. With a handful of exceptions in the #PoliSci feed (a few Bill Kelleher tweets, and re-tweets of those), all the tweets in the other 15 feeds are — unlike Americans Elect and the David Walker draft committee — completely unrelated, since they don’t mention Americans Elect at all.

  • We follow Americans Elect-related tweeting very closely, in near-real time (because we like to make sure as many recipients as possible receive our own tweets as follow-up with a different perspective, and a link to aetransparency.blogspot.com. The 17th was indeed a busy day for AE in the Twitterverse…but it was mostly All The Same People tweeting at each other. It’s great that they’re spending their energies on such low-impact exercises.

    Interesting to learn of Bill Kelleher’s affiliation w/ AE. We thought he was just a bush-league poli-sci professor so excited about online voting that he couldn’t see past AE’s shiny bright paint job, so we were inclined to be forgiving of the fact that he was in denial. But now that we know he’s one of them…well, that’s a different story.

  • Steven

    Guess what online primary system got free publicity from cnn.com ?

    http://www.cnn.com/2012/04/19/opinion/daschle-elect/index.html

  • Dav

    Guys, is this a liberal website? What you don’t realize is that Americans Elect will be the vehicle to Bloomberg Romney.

    Once you realize that will you then look past what Americans Elect actually is? (And that you correctly assess it to be today.)

    Too many on the right and on the left can’t see the forest from the trees. But when they do step back, some on the right and left have more in common with each other than they do with the corporatist/financial power brokers who are jockeying for more control.

    By way of analaogy; I saw a political cartoon from a Mexican newspaper. It was just after an election. In it one guys says to another, “So, which cartel did you vote for?”

    DEoocracy is th eloser you think.

    This is – and will be – another corpoa

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