Nonprofit Technology: Social Network Sites and Immigration Reform

This past summer, The Opportunity Agenda conducted a scan (PDF) to determine the state of immigration advocacy on the social web, looking specifically at the following: blogs that frequently cover politics and reach a mass audience, Twitter, YouTube, and the two largest social networking sites (Facebook and MySpace). This research built on a similar scan we conducted in 2007.

Turning specifically to social networking sites, we found a landscape transformed.  In 2007 anti-immigrant groups dominated social networking sites approximately two to one.  Today the majority of groups on Facebook with a focus on immigration support commonsense reform.  MySpace, meanwhile, seems to no longer serve as an active tool for advocacy.

While the main point of our scan was to provide a snapshot of online immigration advocacy in the summer of 2009, our research did lead to a number of recommendations.

First, we wish to point out the success of DREAM Act-related groups on Facebook.  Of all the immigration groups on the site, these were the most popular in terms of membership.  We speculate that an important reason for this was the ability of these groups to consistently update their content and have active members routinely post information and news related to the DREAM Act. This is key. Members often need to see the vibrancy of a group before they will participate. Once they do, these members' networks see this activity and learn of the group. It is this cycle, we believe, that led to much of the success seen by these groups.

Our crude measure for participation in these groups, membership, is not uncommon. As seen by the proliferation of Facebook groups looking for "1,000,000 for..." any number of causes, it would help the movement to combine its numbers to show unity and support for practical immigration re- form. The best example, again, is the dream Act with its 33 different groups advocating for the same piece of legislation. Despite the difficulties in doing so, it would be beneficial to work toward fewer groups and higher membership rolls.

Again read the full report online for more.  Meanwhile, any more tips? Let us hear them in the comments below.

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How do you move the MySpace music player off of the profile?

I just recently discovered MySpace, and I would like a code that will move the music player off of the profile, while still being able to handle multiple songs. I've seen it done in some DIV overlays, and I was wondering if it is possible to do on a regular default layout.

Also, I've hidden my music player.

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How do I put music in my video for WINDOWS MOVIE MAKER?

I know that in windows movie maker you press import audio or music. But when you press that a box comes up and the only music I have is in my itunes library. So I go to music in the box that pops up. Then itunes. And when I try to press on a song it says not found...

How do i import music from my itunes library into windows movie maker?

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The Beeper Cacophony

Do you like to poke people and write upon their walls? How about twittering by yourself in a dark corner? Then, this story is for you. Award0winning journalist and satirist Walter Brasch looks at how thumbs became the most improtant part of teh human body.

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Millennial Makeover: MySpace, YouTube, and the Future of American Politics

Cross posted at Future Majority.

Since I've been traveling so much, I've taken the opportunity afforded by long plane flights to revitalize my reading habits.  So far I've read and reviewed Clay Shirky's Here Comes Everybody, and David Kinnaman's UnChristian.  I've been enjoying this chance to read again.  It's a good habit that unfortunately dropped well below previous levels as I worked on my book and struggled to juggle a full-time job and blogging.  I've been able to do a new book every 12 - 15 days, and hope to keep that  up through the spring and summer (no promises once the Fall gets here and the campaign really kicks into high-gear).

Most recently, I finished Millennial Makeover: MySpace, YouTube and the Future of American Politics by Morely Winograd and Michael Hais.  Winograd is a former policy advisor to Al Gore, and Hais is a retired executive for communications research firm Frank N. Magid Associates.  Together, they've pooled their expertise and produced a compelling look at the historical, demographic, and technological trends that have shaped American political history, and how those cyclical trends might play out as the Millennial Generation comes into it's own as a force in American politics.

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Candidates Dis MySpace/MTV Viewers at Their Peril

On Saturday, MySpace, MTV and the Associated Press sponsored a live broadcast of candidate interviews with questions coming from young voters in the audience. Barack Obama was there on time, "fired up and ready to go." But the two leading Republican candidates, John McCain and Mitt Romney, failed even to appear. Hillary Clinton was late, forcing MTV to ad lib through fifteen minutes of otherwise empty airtime. These are hardly major blunders in the middle of a hectic Super Tuesday campaign schedule, but the actions of the candidates illustrated once more, why Obama is surging among an emerging generation of young voters.

This is not the first time Republicans have had a hard time generating much enthusiasm for campaigning for the votes of Millennials-- those 25 and under--who get much of their campaign information from social networks. It took two tries and the anguished cries of that party's leading bloggers before they agreed to a rescheduled YouTube debate. Even then, the GOP candidates insisted on seeing the questions in advance before answering them on live television.  With authenticity and transparency key traits that Millennials seek in candidates, this unwillingness to put it all out there continues to drive young voters into the hands of the Democratic Party.

In a January 2008 national online survey conducted by the Millennial Strategy Program of media research firm, Frank N. Magid Associates, 48% of Millennials say they expect to vote for the Democratic presidential nominee this November, while only half as many (24%) plan to vote for the Republican. By a similar 2:1 margin, Millennials also say that they're likely to vote for the Democratic over the Republican congressional candidate in their district (46% vs. 23%).

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