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Gathering Minnesota’s voter-driven Internet storm … or Tagging brings us together

Written by Steven Clift

We’ve received awesome positive feedback about our “tagging” 2006 strategy for your Voter Voices section.

In short, folks uploading video on YouTube, pictures into Flickr, and links into Del.icio.us are all using a unique new tag – mnpolitics – to mark content. We also suggest mn06video for YouTube and for items specific to the 2006 election, simply mn06.

We have more details instructions here as well as a new video screencast demonstration on how it works with YouTube, Flickr, and Del.icio.us.

By creating a community-wide tag for Minnesotans, particularly those producing their own political content, we’ve created nothing less than an organic citizen-driven channel for political news, commentary, humor, and discussion that will last for years at pretty much zero cost. Pretty darn cool!

How can you help?

1. Be creative. We don’t just want boring political ads from campaigns. Make your video. Be serious or be funny. Upload and tag it. The same goes for photos.

2. Tell ten friends about the Voter Voices page. The more traffic the greater incentive we’ll create for citizen contributions. Let’s blow the mainstream media away with compelling content.

3. Start tagging now. If you don’t have content to share, create a Del.icio.us account and start tagging “shared” links. With only a dozen taggers, the Voter Voices page will become a daily must visit to find out what is new.

4. Volunteer to help. Net tagger David Erickson is going to help us spread the word to encourage this effort. Leave a public comment or contact us privately to volunteer at: team@e-democracy.org

5. Attend our free training session next Tuesday, October 3 in St. Paul:

VOTER VOICES

How to post your audio, video, and photos on the web
(specifically in regards to upcoming election)
5:00 – 6:00 PM – FREE
Electronic Classroom, Rondo Library
Corner of University and Dale, St. Paul
http://www.stpaul.lib.mn.us/locations/rondo.html

Reservations are NOT required, however it would be helpful
if you let us know if you think you are coming: team@e-democracy.org

This workshop will talk about how to post your election
related content to FREE website like Flickr and YouTube,
and how to “tag” it so that it also shows up on our
Voter Voices web page.

Tagging in 2006!

Steven Clift
E-Democracy.Org

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3 Comments on Gathering Minnesota’s voter-driven Internet storm … or Tagging brings us together

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Kramer auto Pingback[…] Oversimplification: ‘Tagging’ is simply keeping your favorites/bookmarks at a site out on the internet instead of keeping them on your own pc. [Example: Here’s my tag page… del.icio.us/indychristian.] The advantages are numerous, but here’s a couple:You can get to your favorite bookmarks whether you’re at home, the office, the library, or wherever you have internet access.As you bookmark your favorite sites, articles, photos, audios or videos, you add memorable keywords (‘tags’). Thus you can later find your bookmarked links by searching on any of your associated keywords. Eg… churches, humor, video, politics, dogs. And since you add as many keywords as you want for any bookmark, later when you’re trying to find that link, you’re no longer stuck trying to remember which (one) category you kept that bookmark under.But wait… What if there’s more value in all this than just for you PERSONALLY? Since your tags/favorites/bookmarks can now be kept out on the internet (publically, if you’re like most taggers)… then they can also add value for OTHER PEOPLE who may enjoy learning from what you’ve tagged as valuable. Or you may even find great value in SOCIAL tagging/bookmarking. That is… team tag !Thus the concept at e-democracy.org…First, here’s the story… [continued]Secondly, here’s a reflection of some of the participation. ‘mnpolitics’ tagged items at del.icio.us.’mnpolitics’ videos at YouTube.Thirdly… Wait and reflect on it after election day.Might ‘tagging’ be a new, Web2.0 sort of free & easy capability to accelerate our common mission?If you end up concluding ‘it absolutely is’… you can get started easily by surfing to del.icio.us and getting a user-ID there. In the process it’ll add a ‘tag’ button to your browser to make tagging easy for you. Then come back and drop us a line — we add Bible-believing driven Christian taggers to the Delicious Christians network. […]

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