Grassroots Advocacy Tool Kit - Courtesy of BMS

Twitter is a platform that allows you to share “snippets” of information in a limited number of characters, called “tweets.” Many congressional offices have Twitter accounts and you can “follow” them to see what important issues they are working on. Twitter allows you to use “hashtags” (#) to help you categorize topics that are important to you. And if you see a post that you like or support, you can “retweet” it and immediately share it with your other followers. Join Twitter at Example of a Facebook or Twitter post to your elected official: “I am a constituent in your district, and I support bill number XXX. Please consider supporting it too by co-signing.” If this is a Twitter post, follow it with a relevant hashtag. TWITTER Facebook is a social media platform that allows you to connect with others and share stories. Facebook has over 1 billion monthly users - even Congress has a Facebook page: You can utilize Facebook to directly connect with your elected official and join in discussions by posting or commenting on their walls. Join Facebook at FACEBOOK YouTube is a video sharing platform where you can share your videos and view videos that others have taken. Many congressional offices have YouTube “channels” where they post important videos. If your Congressional office has a channel, you can subscribe to it to stay connected with them. Join YouTube at Here is an example of how you can keep up with your elected official via their YouTube channel. YOUTUBE Instagram is a picture sharing social media platform. You can take pictures and videos and share them with your followers. Instagram can only be used with a smart phone, but it’s a fun way to share experiences and to see in pictures of what your followers are up to. Join Instagram at INSTAGRAM TIPS ON STAYING CONNECTED VIA SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORMS Pinterest is a visual social media platform, similar to that of a virtual scrapbook. It allows you to visually share ideas or topics that are important to you. You can create “boards” for each area of interest. For example, if there is a cause that you are advocating for, you might create a message board for that cause that you can share with others. Join Pinterest at Here is an example of how you can learn more and create boards for certain topics of interest: PINTEREST


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