Recess: Engaging with Social Media
Social media is another great way to engage with your Members, find out what issues they care about, and follow up with them after meetings and town hall events.
If you use social media, you should find out if your Members of Congress are active and then follow them. Below are two lists of Members and their social media accounts, including Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, and others:
- House Social Media Wiki: http://govsm.com/w/House
- Senate Social Media Wiki: http://govsm.com/w/Senate
You can also find this information on almost every Member’s website.
Below are some sample posts that you can use on Facebook and Twitter. These are just samples. We encourage you to write your own versions of these as you feel comfortable.
[Insert Member Twitter username] Please preserve and protect medical research funding at @NIH, @US_FDA, and @DeptofDefense! #act4PD
[Insert Member Twitter username] – Please support removing policy barriers for #telehealth for people with #parkinsons? #telemed4pd
[Post this directly to your Member’s Facebook Page] – Please preserve and protect valuable medical research funding for people with Parkinson’s and other chronic conditions at NIH, the FDA, and the Department of Defense.
[Post this directly to your Member’s Facebook Page} – Please support the TELE-MED Act and increase access to telehealth for Medicare beneficiaries with Parkinson’s disease. Learn more: http://www.parkinsonsaction.org/telemed #telemed4pd #parkinsons
During Meeting or Event
Ask your Member or their staff if you can take pictures or videos of your meeting. If they agree, be sure to post them across all your social media accounts and use the hashtag (#act4pd) and your Member’s social media account. Chances are, the Member’s communications staff will retweet, share, or “like” the post if they know about it, helping to expand awareness of our issues.
If you have any questions about using social media or setting up accounts, please contact Kristina Gawrgy Campbell, director of communications, at [email protected] or 202-638-4101 x113.