August 24th, 2009
02:20 PM ET
13 years ago

Progressives launch new site to help organize on Twitter

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Tracy Viselli, a progressive blogger and social media consultant who admitted on Friday to CNN that conservatives have the upper hand on Twitter, launched a Web site Monday geared towards changing the paradigm on Twitter.

Viselli, along with developer Jim Gilliam, blogger Jon Pincus, and Netroots Nation board member Gina Cooper created "to start seriously building progressive infrastructure on Twitter."

"What we are doing first is building up the directory of progressives on Twitter," Viselli told CNN. is going to help mentor progressives on how to best use Twitter, filter data to allow people to follow the "P2" (progressives 2.0) hash tag, encourage new tweeters, and continue adding and implementing ideas to better organize.

Pincus co-founded "#P2" – a way to category a tweet, allowing for easy search optimization – six months ago with Viselli and is also behind the new site. He told CNN in an e-mail, "The timing now is perfect to ramp into the legislative battles the second half of this year - and the 2010 midterms...With the summer winding down, now's a great time to be launching"

For progressives, this first step is hopefully a launching pad for further grassroots efforts on Twitter. "We hope in the future to find ways to deploy action on Twitter," says Viselli. "But we are not there yet."

So far, over 1,150 people had singed up to participate in

Filed under: Social Networking • Twitter
soundoff (23 Responses)
  1. Kevin in Ohio

    How to LIE to people in 140 characters or less.

    August 24, 2009 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  2. lila

    I don't like twitter. It seems to be for people that can't think with complex structure. I guess it's a good site for getting out "talking points".

    August 24, 2009 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  3. Jack

    I can't wait to see their uniforms after they all get adapted to the progressive ideals.

    August 24, 2009 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  4. Alfred E. Neumann

    Slow down Mr President and save time for reading.

    May I suggest, "Porl Barrel Legislation For Dummies" by John Murtha.

    August 24, 2009 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  5. Kevin in Ohio

    Obviously, CNN, you mean LIBERALS are launching a new site. Why the double-speak?

    August 24, 2009 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  6. Sheryl

    Oh lord you guys will need more than TWEETER!!!!! Good Luck!!

    August 24, 2009 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  7. worriedmom

    I find this all amusing. Can they not figure out they are outnumbered. And you call "Republicans" looney! Start looking in the mirror. these people are the most vulgar, hate spewing people that I have ever seen and they cannot play fair,, they think name calling will scare all the bad people away.

    August 24, 2009 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  8. Andy J, NY, NY

    I'm absolutely puzzled as to why anyone would want to be called a "Progressive"

    Ever hear of EUGENICS??

    Didn't start with the Nazi's... the Nazi's only picked up on the work the United States had done... and it started with the PROGRESSIVES.

    read history much?

    August 24, 2009 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  9. demwit

    Got to get the tweet out fast if your bullies are going to get to the town hall meeting first..

    August 24, 2009 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  10. Fair is Fair

    Wait... wait... wait.

    Last Friday, CNN reports that the GOP has the upperhand on twitter... to which a plethora of comments to the effect of "well, that's because the GOP can only think in 160 characters or less" resulted.

    Today we hear the white house has 1 million twits.. and now this.

    Care to bet how many comments will be posted praising the "technical savvy" of the Obama administration?

    August 24, 2009 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  11. Mississippi Mike

    I get a laugh when these socialists use technology that could only exist in a capitalist system to further the cause of socialism. They just don't understand the likely results of their desired political outcomes.

    August 24, 2009 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  12. Ryan Indy

    Way to do their heavy lifting CNN........Almost Comical.....

    August 24, 2009 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  13. Dennis

    Twitter is a great forum for "bird brains"

    August 24, 2009 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  14. Randolph Carter the koolaid chuggin' Obamabot

    My god, how did we ever survive all those years before twitter came along??? It's, like, the pinnacle of human achievement. Yawn. Have a nice day!

    August 24, 2009 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  15. southerncousin

    The progressives propaganda arm working ceaselessly to rob hard working Americans of their money. They think they know how to spend it better than we do. The slime.

    August 24, 2009 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  16. Stan

    Thanks CNN for the commercial...Bottom line, CNN has lost credibility, therefore less $$$. Your guys in CNN are so "progressive" that you may eventually go out of business.

    August 24, 2009 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  17. jt

    So "blast" all the town hall uproars, but promote a liberal movement online?

    August 24, 2009 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  18. Barbara Ann Snowberger

    We have been doing this for over a month on different hash tags but not organized under one. I see the right's teabaggers have already started venting their vitriol, what else is new..We see it on hashtagswhere they have been spreading their cancerous tweets.

    Happy tweets to Healthcare Reformers, we are getting the truth out without character assassination attacks...well maybe Glenn Beck is a target of FIX news.

    August 24, 2009 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  19. U.S. Common Sense

    Yawn. Who cares about politicians and their activists and their ability to "tweet?" Seriously, Twitter is nothing more than simplistic posts to a crowd that already suffers from terminal group-think. Quit wasting our time with reporting on this nonsense.

    August 24, 2009 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  20. TCM

    Progressives = those that cannot think for themselves...(also see "Nannystate participants)

    Typical liberal whining; now they want to "Spread the Twitter around," because it's not fair!

    August 24, 2009 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |