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Social Media Activism 101
Social media is a great way to connect with your legislator and other Mainers who care about our extraordinary environment.
Facebook is a social networking website that connects you to your friends, organizations and causes. Facebook users can interact with each other by "friending" each other or "liking" an organization's fan page.
Many legislators have fan pages on Facebook. Typically, after you "Like" your legislator's fan page, you can write on the page wall, post or share pictures and videos, and receive updates from him/her.
Environmental, conservation and public health organizations are also on Facebook! Connect with our environmental partners by clicking the "Like" button on their page.
After you "liked" a legsislator or an organization, you can "mention" them in your status by using the "@" sign and type the organization or legislator's name.
Twitter is another networking site where users post or "tweet" updates that are 140 characters or less. It is a quick way to broadcast the latest headlines of current events. Users "follow" other Twitter users to receive the latest "tweets" or posts. Twitter users can "retweet" the latest news, rapidly spreading news to their followers. You can direct a tweet to a specific follower by "mentioning" them or by sending them a specific email.
YouTube is an online community where users can share originally created videos. YouTube users can post their own "video messages" and subscribe to users' channels.