Social Media Enabled Instant Organizing for Streetcars

June 1, 2010  |  

(Greater Greater Washington) — The rapid and intense backlash against DC Council Chairman Vincent Gray’s cutting streetcar funds was a great victory for transit advocacy, but it was also a great victory for “social media” — blogs, Twitter, Facebook, and more.

It was amazing to see the speed with which the news and calls to action spread, which according to Council officials generated over 1,000 calls to Gray’s office within the span of only a few hours, most before the Council even took its vote. It’s also interesting to see the way reporters responded to this. Most talked about the effect, but a few mysteriously left social media’s role out entirely.

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