Friday, August 20, 2010

Tweets beckon Democrats to Charlotte

Charlotte staged a hijacking of sorts on Twitter yesterday, one organizers hope will help convince the Democratic National Convention to come to the Queen City in 2012. The idea came from Desiree Kane, director of community over at CLTBlog. With the city suffering from teacher layoffs and bank cutbacks, she figured the convention's multi-million economic impact would be just what Charlotte needs.

She came up with the idea for a Twitter “hashtag party,” where Charlotte Twitterers would, from 10 a.m. to noon Thursday, effectively hijack the hashtags Democratic National Committee members use in their Tweets. (For non-Twitterers, a hashtag is a keyword attached to the end of a Tweet, preceeded by the “#” symbol).

Members of the DNC, which is holding its summer meeting in St. Louis today, often use #DNC and #DNC10, so she and her collaborators urged local Twitterers to send out tweets including those hashtags and saying good things about Charlotte. They also added their own local hashtag, #CLT2012, so Charlotte folks could track the local tweets. Some 500 people got involved, Kane said last night. Search for #CLT2012 on Twitter, and you'll find, amid official-sounding DNC tweets about delegate selection rules and regional caucus meetings, a bunch of cheeky posts about the awesomeness of Charlotte. Among the reasons tweeted: salted caramel brownies 24 hours a day, great barbecue and 20 Chik-Fil-A restaurants.

The DNC won’t pick its city until later this year – Charlotte is vying against St. Louis, Minneapolis and Cleveland – but Kane feels good about the effort. “All I did was provide the vehicle, and the Charlotte Twitter community took hold of it,” she said. “It was an unbelievably positive outpouring of affection for Charlotte.”

For more info on Charlotte's bid, go to http://cltblog.com/series/clt2012 or the official site driving Charlotte's bid, http://charlottein2012.com.

21 comments:

Anonymous said...

Why hasn't the Observer picked up on the recent story of Missouri and the Prop C referrendum that recently overwhelmingly passed in that state. St. Louis is considered by many to be Charlotte's primary competition so it would appear that would be a story worth running given it paints Missouri as a very anti Obama state.

Larry said...

Or the unofficial one

www.CharlotteIn2012.org

The real Charlotte.

Anonymous said...

Who cares?

Anonymous said...

I personally don't want all the stinkin liberals here.

Anonymous said...

And I personally don't want all the stinkin conservatives here - so nyyah!

Anonymous said...

What a gay idea!

Anonymous said...

And what a heterosexist comment calling it a "gay" idea!

Anonymous said...

I hate mexicans

Anonymous said...

IMPEACH OBAMA!

Anonymous said...

I second that, hey all we need is 2/3's of Congress to go along with that and wh-la he's outta here!!!!

Anonymous said...

What dumb idea! Obama sucks too!

Anonymous said...

I agree. We also need to impeach congress.

Anonymous said...

Great idea! Any neanderthal who doesn't think getting a national convention here wouldn't be a terrific idea and a shot in the arm the city desperately needs deserves to...well... become extinct.

I'd even welcome the Republicans! Heck, we essentially already had their national convention here a few months back: the NRA. With them and Sarah Palin in town simultaneously, you could almost feel the collective IQ of the city drop about 50 points. The Dems would bring it back up. Bring 'em on!

Anonymous said...

Don't diss the Neanderthals.

They provide comic relief.

Anonymous said...

i agree. impeach congress !. get rid of bohner,,burr,demint,mcconnell and the rest of these idiots.

Larry said...

Funny how poorly the Conservatives were treated when the NRA convention was in town.

It did not seem to be as important that it helped our economy.

Yet now we are like a bunch of well you figure it out...and just settling on a price for our outrage and acceptance of what we will do for a dollar or is it fifty cents, who knows now?

jlewis74 said...

Just want we need a city full of libs, oh wait we already got that, so we might was well take all their money so bring them on!

Anonymous said...

Taxation is theft.

CCP_Loser@epicenter.cum said...

Join us for a curcle jurk at City Center Partners every night this week.

CCP_Loser@epicenter.com said...

sorry that should read

CCP_Loser@epicenter.com

I apologize, I am a Charlotte liberal who whines about Charlotte not getting its fair share back from Raleigh taxes beacause I don't understand tax the rich (Charlotte) to give to the poor (rest of NC).

All I care about is charlotte urbanity/density.

Larry said...

Tax the rich is easy to understand.

Read Saul Alinsky.

You make people realize that the enemy is not from outside but right here.

They are the people who own the property you rent, the family who owns the store down the road. All those things they have they own because you paid for them.

Now don't you understand. That is the playbook they are using as the idea of Change at any cost is the theme... oh change now where have we heard that lately and what will be the 2012 slogans?

Friends don't let Republicans Drive or This is not your Father's President or simple words like more and free.

Just like people hope we get with this convention