with DC Debbie
What's your best tweet?
"Only in a God-fearing state like Arizona can you be pulled over, detained, and fined if your name is Jesus"
What are six things you could never do without?
Twitter, my job, my family, my running sneakers (if I don't keep my body fit, my mind goes nuts), political blogs, my Kindle.
How do you use Twitter in your professional life?
I work in nonprofits, in an org dedicated to my sister's illness. I use Twitter to raise awareness about health issues and disease.
What's your favorite Twitter app?
Twitter or Facebook?
Both. The Egyptian revolution taught me that the 2 are not mutually exclusive. A video sparked the revolution, twitter made it global.
What was the funniest trend you've seen?
#TeaPartyPickupLines had me laughing for days. I even blogged about it: http://dcdebbie.com/2010/01/teapartypickuplines/
What feature should Twitter add?
It's not sexy, but imagine if Twitter connected w/ Rock the Vote to help people register to vote and be proud (profile badge?) of it.
Who do you wish had a Twitter feed but doesn't?
People in jail. Imagine what they're going through? It would be interesting to see life through their perspective.
What are some words or phrases you refuse to shorten for brevity?
Cunnilingus. Never shorten my cunnilingus.
Is there someone you want to follow you who doesn't already? If so, who?
Not gonna lie, I don't really care for celebrity. I just enjoy having the 9k followers I have now. I can broadcast good messages for change.
Have you ever unfollowed someone? Who and why?
I unfollow people who don't know how to debate--they use ad-hominem or personal attacks or don't engage in real discussion.
Why should we vote for you?
I'm passionate, honest and really good at producing a message that gets people to think. I have a good return on links, too.
Terms you wish would start trending on Twitter right now?
What's the most interesting connection you've made through Twitter?
I've been asked to blog for some prominent progressive political blogs, I want to get started, but I want to be conscientious about it.
Hashtag you created that you wish everyone used?
I don't care about being a leader in hashtag creation. I want people to know why hashtags are important--tracking protests, learning more...
How do you make your tweets unique?
I'm not afraid to say the truth + call politicians out. Also, people r shocked to see a woman tweeting positively, unapologetically about sex
What inspires you to tweet?
I get emotional and react when I see injustice, corruption and oppression. I also tweet when I think I can make a difference.
Ever get called out for tweeting too much?
Does a Republican lie?
140 characters of advice for a new user?
If you're engaging in debate, don't stoop to personal or ad hominem attacks. If you have the truth on your side, you don't need anything else
How long can you go without a tweet?
Depends upon what's going on in the world. During Egyptian revolution, I was going nonstop.
What question are we not asking here that we should?
I think you should ask people who they respect and admire on Twitter. Everyone is looking for positive role models to learn from + follow.
How do you imagine Twitter changing?
I use twitter as respite from caring for mentally and terminally ill family. I see more people joining it for meaningful connections + love.
Who do you admire most for his or her use of Twitter?
I really admire @EbertChicago aka Roger Ebert. He uses his tweets for education, awareness and fun. He never tweets frivolously.
Who is the funniest person on Twitter that you follow?
Have you seen Sarah Palin's tweets?
What is one of the biggest misconceptions of Twitter?
"I'm brushing my teeth." "I'm eating breakfast"--ppl assume it's for mundane tweets, when in fact, many use it for education + organizing!
Why should people follow you?
Never knew until the Shorty Awards why ppl liked my tweets. I make politics accessible, interesting and relevant to those less inclined to it
Can you name some one-of-a-kind Twitter accounts that you follow?
I have a great list of good media outlets which provide one-of-a-kind and honest perspective in politics: http://twitter.com/#/list/DCdebbie/media-bloggers
How do you decide what to tweet?
I watch the news or read a blog and get angry, emotional or inspired and start posting on a subject. Usually, Sarah Palin starts talkin...
Why'd you start tweeting?
I was a caregiver to my terminally ill sister + her mentally ill daughters. Stuck at home, I sought an outlet for socializing/politics SRSLY
Has Twitter changed your life? If yes, how?
totally. I have major carpel tunnel syndrome.
What do you wish people would do more of on Twitter?
Millions of Americans don't have access to alternative media. I wish ppl would use their tweets to raise awareness about alt media.
How will the world change in the next year?
They cynic in me thinks w new teaparty leaders in Congress + lossed Dem majority, things will get worse in the US + therefore in the world
What are some big Twitter faux pas?
Some bat-shit crazy right-wingers include the words "Glenn Beck" in EVERY TWEET. No shit, 1 guy said "You think you're so smart. Glenn Beck"
What will the world be like 10 years from now?
the optimist wants the world to be cleaner and more supportive of gays, women, people of color, workers, animals and earth.