Who to Follow: Social Media and the Gold Medal Ceremony

April 16, 2013
by Allison Grossman, Senior Legislative Associate

Last night, social media expert Peter Daou and his colleagues talked with RESULTS volunteers about how to best utilize social media to spread the word about Professor Muhammad Yunus’s Gold Medal ceremony tomorrow.

RESULTS volunteer Janelle Fernandez shared some of her takeaways from the call in a blog post earlier today. Now here are some ideas for who to look for on Twitter and Facebook as you put these ideas into action to amplify Professor Yunus’s message about the power of microfinance and the end of poverty. And don’t forget to like RESULTS on Facebook and follow @RESULTS_Tweets on Twitter. You can share and re-tweet our posts to spread the word to your networks.

These Twitter accounts will be live-tweeting the Congressional Gold Medal Ceremony directly from the Capitol Rotunda tomorrow at 11 am ET. Watch the ceremony at www.speaker.gov/live, retweet these accounts to amplify the message, and tag your posts with #YunusMedal:


Microcredit Summit Campaign: @MicroCredSummit

Grameen Foundation: @GrameenFdn

Yunus Centre: @Yunus_Centre

These members of Congress made Professor Yunus’s Gold Medal Ceremony possible. Thank them for their efforts by tweeting at them or posting on their Facebook wall. And if your member of Congress supported the Gold Medal legislation in 2009 or 2010 (you can find a full list on this month’s action sheet), find them on social media too:

Senator Durbin: @SenatorDurbin

Rep. Rush Holt: @RushHolt

Senator Mike Enzi: @SenatorEnzi

Leader Nancy Pelosi: @NancyPelosi

Speaker John Boehner: @SpeakerBoehner

These members of Congress have particular power in developing the fiscal year 2014 budget. Using their Twitter handles below or on Facebook, urge them to fulfill Professor Yunus’s vision of the end of poverty by supporting critical poverty-focused foreign assistance programs in the FY14 budget:

Senator Barbara Mikulski, chair of the Appropriations Committee: @SenatorBarb

Senator Patrick Leahy, chair of the State and Foreign Operations Appropriations Subcommittee: @SenatorLeahy

Senator Shelby, ranking member of the Appropriations Committee: @SenShelbyPress

Senator Lindsey Graham, Ranking Member of the State and Foreign Operations Appropriations Subcommittee: @GrahamBlog

Rep. Nita Lowey, chair of the Appropriations Committee and State and Foreign Operations Subcommittee: @NitaLowey

Rep. Kay Granger, Ranking Member of the State and Foreign Operations Appropriations Subcommittee: @RepKayGranger

Rep. Hal Rogers, chair of the Appropriations Committee: @RepHalRogers

And don’t forget to look up the Facebook and Twitter accounts for your local news outlets as well. By engaging with them on social media, you can draw attention to issues they would not otherwise see, like the Gold Medal ceremony.

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