Posts tagged with 'social networking'

On “All In with Chris Hayes:” This is why Facebook has people worried

Quick hit: Social drives traffic to When Women Refuse

Similar to Planned Parenthood Saved Me, it appears that social media is the dominant driver of traffic to When Women Refuse. Sharing stories matters. Again.

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Super fascinating analytics/stats from the first 24 hours of When Women Refuse

I started a Tumblr blog to collect stories of violence committed against women who refused men’s advances (full background story here), and 24 hours into this project, we’ve received some incredible sets of traffic and engagement numbers. Put your nerd pants on, kids, we’re going for a ride.

Site analytics

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YOWZAH

Really don’t think I’ve ever participated in a project that got this sheer kind of volume right away.

Also notable is that the session duration is quite long– people are staying and reading.

Here’s our referral traffic:

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Twitter is the #1, by a long shot, but Jezebel and Think Progress combined send just about the same amount. Facebook (#4, #5 & #8) are pretty distant behind Twitter. Tumblr doesn’t make it into the top ten for direct referrals because Google Analytics treats each Tumblr blog as a separate site, but else in the Social Network analysis, it says around 5,000 hits have come from the Tumblr community, which would put them just above Feministing.

I like looking at how long users referred from different places stayed on site: Fusion and Think Progress folks stayed the longest out of the top ten, while Reddit users bounced pretty quickly (SHOCKING NO ONE, haha).

Also notable: almost no traffic is coming in from searches. No one’s searching for something and landing here by mistake.

Here’s our most popular content:

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Just like with Planned Parenthood Saved Me: people wanted more once they scrolled through the first page. It helps that the theme we had for the first 24 hours automatically loaded the second page, so that may account for the high number for page 2. But, filed under Things That Never Happen on the Internet, 12.7% of the users made it to page 3 loading, which means they kept scrolling. I’m attributing this now to the sheer shock value of seeing so many stories, a seemingly endless supply.

A few Twitter stats

The first tweet mentioning the site was me at about 7pm ET on Monday, May 27. In the 24 hours that ensued, we saw 2,181 mentions of the site, which works out to be about 7.6 tweets per minute. (!)  In there, there were 2,030 unique people tweeting. HOLY SCHAMOLY.

A few Tumblr stats

Tumblr Again, I’ve never experienced that kind of explosive growth in following on Tumblr before.

A word about strategy

I’m a big fan of demystifying content that seemingly goes viral explodes, so that others can learn how to spread critical information in a moment like this. First, we had a highly emotional moment that crossed many social boundaries working for us, and a hashtag (#YesAllWomen, which had been used over a million times since Saturday) that was already super active. In many ways, all of the elements were in place. Second, we are providing what is for many shocking information, which automatically makes it easily shareable. Those two factors are worth a million Internet dollars when it comes to spread.

But second, I didn’t just create the Tumblr and post it to my Facebook/Twitter, hoping for the best. I reached out to people who were having these conversations in my network, and let them know it was happening. I asked directly for folks’ help in spreading the word. I’m lucky in that I’m connected to a lot of influential people– note, not necessarily people with a bazillion followers, but who are influential in moving their networks to action– which is why cultivating your relationships with digital tools is an ongoing necessity for social changers.

The other thing I did was reach out immediately for a support team to help me make it work, via the TechLady Mafia. 4 wondrous souls jumped right in, and having that kind of team is what makes a project both survivable (when it’s this kind of emotional content), sometimes fun (we had a singalong and many palette-cleansing gifs have been shared via email), and even more successful than one person could have imagined.

On “All In with Chris Hayes:” Social media and global uprisings

“The avant-garde doesn’t need drugs anymore” — my appearance in DIE ZEIT

The Valise Society salon that my friend Tobias hosted for me in Berlin was covered by one of Germany’s largest weekly publications, DIE ZEIT, in their print publication. (I also spoke at their new online newsroom and had a Google hangout with them while I was in Berlin.) English translation follows.

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I’ve been awarded a 2012 Maggie Award from Planned Parenthood

Deanna Zandt speaking at Planned Parenthood Organizing and Policy Summit 2012

That’s right! Me, who never wins anything! Planned Parenthood awards all kinds of designations each year, and for my work on Planned Parenthood Saved Me, they’ve given me their first-ever 2012 Social Media award. I’m honored!

Here are the remarks I shared at the award luncheon today:

First, thank you Planned Parenthood, not only for your health care and advocacy, but for championing women without fail, with what seems like without compromise. That’s rare in our political climate. Planned Parenthood has successfully negotiated that emotional connection we all feel to the work they do, whether that’s through their clinics or their advocacy, and turned it into a relationship. They’ve embraced social media, both their own properties and the wider world’s conversations.

But also, I’m sharing this award with all the women who shared their stories on Planned Parenthood Saved Me. It’s a crying shame that we live in a world where this is an act of bravery, but that’s what it was. The women that said, “I would have bled to death if it weren’t Planned Parenthood,” or “Planned Parenthood’s staff were the only people who understood me after I was assaulted,” or “Planned Parenthood found my cancer.” That’s what you do. That is your work, and we thank you.

Which is the last thing I want to share– I really want people to understand that PP Saved Me blew up not because Rachel Maddow read from it on her show, or that it was in the Washington Post and a dozen other major major outlets. More than half the traffic to the site came before any major media mention, and that traffic came from Facebook, Twitter & Tumblr.

Women sharing their stories with one another made the difference her. Our stories matter, more than ever.

If you want to learn more about how the Planned Parenthood Saved me campaign worked, check out this 10-minute talk I gave at Personal Democracy Forum: “Don’t Mess with Our Boobs: Ad-Hoc Networks and Online Power.

Don’t Mess with Our Boobs: Ad-Hoc Networks and Online Power

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 Full text of this talk is available here.

Two new workshops announced: New York City and Chicago!

I’m super excited to announce that the (very successful!) pilot of my Social Media for Social Justice workshop is expanding to two new locations in the coming weeks!

  • New York: May 24th, 1-5pm at Planned Parenthood Federation of America, 434 W. 33rd Street, (between 9th & 10th Aves), New York, NY 10001
  • Chicago: June 4th, 1-5pm at In These Times, 2040 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago IL 60647

Here’s what we’ll be covering:

You know about social media. You know that you’ve got to get on board with it for your organization, or for your own activist work. You may have even signed up for Twitter or Facebook already, but you don’t know where to start. What are the right tools to use? What do I say? Why are other people doing this? And, perhaps, most importantly: how the hell do I know if it’s working?!

In this introductory intensive workshop, we’ll cover everything from the culture and politics of social media (and why that’s critical to understand), to the essential elements of a social media strategy, to some tools to manage your presences efficiently, to metrics and analytics to keep you on track.

This workshop is designed for social media beginners who work with social justice movements, labor unions, community organizers, and media makers who want to know how and why to incorporate new tools into their practice.

If that sounds like what you need, use the links to the cities above to register. Group discounts and scholarships are available! And if you want to bring me to your town (or to your organization or event), just get in touch with Jen at Aid & Abet and we’ll work it out.

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Lessons from the Susan G Komen Foundation/Planned Parenthood firestorm: What other non-profits can– and can’t– take away

Introduction

There are a lot of ways to cover the Komen/PP firestorm–too many, in fact. For the purposes of my work here, I’m going to focus on what made this brouhaha different than any other concerning Planned Parenthood, the lessons learned if you’re on the defensive, and the lessons learned if you’re on the offensive.

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