Technology

Use your union’s Facebook page to build your email list

Facebook is a tremendous communications tool for unions – especially white-collar unions – and with only a small amount of technical know-how, it can also be super-charged for organising and campaigning. [box border=”full”]UPDATE: There have been big changes to Facebook since this post was written, so check out my more recent posts on Facebook, here…

Email is the “killer app” for online campaigning

The Massachusetts election has blown open the mainstream media’s infatuation with social networking tools, with headlines like “the iphone app that killed Coakley“. On the techblogs, there is also detailed examination of new tools that aided the winning Mass. Senate candidate Scott Brown. I am hardly immune to the temptation of writing about the exiting…

Collaborative online tools for political campaigning

You don’t need to be a big national campaign to use the myriad suite of free online tools. With the analysis of the Brown victory in Massachusetts continuing, it is emerging that this state-level campaign made extensive use of Google Apps: But something else has Google reps particularly chuffed: how much the Brown campaign, they…

Massachusetts election outcome shows dangers of incumbency

On Tuesday, I wrote that the Democrats would be the victims of incumbency. In Massachusetts, a strongly Democratic state, the Dems control the state Legislature, most or all of the Congressional seats, and now all but one of the Senate seats. With Obama in the White House, and the Democrats controlling the US Congress and…

Using Google Docs in your union campaign

Google Documents is a free online service that provides word processing and spreadsheets that are stored online (in the “cloud”). Google Docs basically allows you to mimic Microsoft Word, Excel and Powerpoint. The main feature (in my view) is that it is online, so it can be accessed from any computer connected to the Internet,…

Migrating to Google Mail

Macquarie University has announced that it will migrate its staff email accounts over to Gmail: About 14 Australian universities have already outsourced their student email to Gmail or Microsoft’s Live@edu service, but this week Macquarie became the first to migrate staff to the so-called cloud in a deal with Gmail. … However, the university was…