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RA Social Media Guide

Social media is playing a larger role at this year’s Representative Assembly

July 2, 2010

By Amy Buffenbarger

The RA Floor isn’t the only place for connecting with other delegates and getting the inside scoop. Social media is playing a larger role at this year’s Representative Assembly, with Facebook, Twitter, the RA Today Blog and Flickr being updated several times a day.

Close to 1,500 fans are sharing tips and asking questions on the RA Today Facebook page. Delegate Keith Ayers posted this morning, asking everyone to check out the “Get Moving NEA!” group on Facebook to find fitness opportunities while at the RA. Earlier in the week, James Ojeda from the Clayton County Education Association shared a great picture from the Read Across America event.

Not to be outdone by Facebook, the 2010 RA hashtag for Twitter, #neara10, is being used by delegates, state associations, NEA’s Priority Schools Campaign, and more. Delegates have been live-Tweeting from events and caucus meetings, and the RA Today office has been sharing announcements on the RA Today feed.

Over on the RA Today Blog there is a variety of behind-the-scenes stories and multimedia coverage. Delegates can learn about the similar education challenges posed by Hurrican Katrina in Louisiana and the earthquake this past winter in Chile. The blog also shares restaurant recommendations provided by RA delegates, some taken from the conversation on the Dennis2Delegates Groupsite.

More than 100 photos have already been posted on the RA photo group on Flickr. Anyone can share their photos on the Flickr group, and they may even be featured on the blog.

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