think the comment about "extremes" with respect to a I Love NYC shrirt was even worse. As Raed asked, why assume that because I wear a shirt with Arabic, I must automatically hate New York? The level of prejudice and ugliness implicit in the comment is astounidng once you unpack it.
I agree, ActBlue is probably the single most imporant netroots innovation of the past cycle. It's precisely because of its success that the Right is aiming to replicate - and crucially, improve upon - ActBlue's model. For example, RedState is promoting a new service called Slatecard, and another one called Big Red Tent. As I argued in my briefly-recommended diary earlier, the progressive netroots cant afford to sit still and rest on its laurels in the online fundraising aggregation game. Key to capitalizing on our advantage is to embrace folksonomy at both the candidate level and the individual page level; and to develop tools to hook into existing online communities like FaceBook and LinkedIn.
thank you for replying. Congratulations on a literally game-changing application, and the 25million mark. I wish you guys were around back in the Dean Nation/baseball bat days.
Bearwith me, I tend to get wordy...
simply put, a page on ActBlue is like a single blog post. Its created y one person, its got a unique URL, it exists as an "end node" - the idea is that people get to it and STOP, and ACT.
Adding folksonomy capability to ActBlue as I suggest above would be like when tags were addded to Dkos and mydd. By allowing users to tag both individual candidates AND specific ActBlue pages, you are creating horizontal linkages.
For example, suppose we have a tag called islam. Now I might create an ActBlue page devoted to my candidates and tag it such; but so do others. Then, someone new coming to ActBlue with only the idea tha they want to support muslim-friendly candidates, but who are new to politics and do not have the resources that I and others do to actually research wih candidates might meet that criteria, simply will lok for candidates and pages tagged Islam. This is a much more valuable and targeted "search" than simply typing "islam" into ActBlue's existing search boxand hoping for relevant hits in a candidate bio or an ActBlue page description, because the tag was applied by a human being.
The key here is that the new user, withh money to burn and a desire to effect change for progressive politics, can immediately leverage the experience of the more seasoned users and start making a difference. They can jump in; that lowers the barrier to entry and - of course - increases the amount of money you can raise/coax out of pockets.
Remember that ActBlue pages, like blog posts, are a vast ocean. No one can credibly argue that tags have been anything but massively useful for blogs; witness the runaway success of Flickr, del.icio.us and Technorati.
You express your reluctance,
to give candidates official tags (i can't imagine everyone agreeing on these designations) so we're left w/ the open approach of varied fundraising pages.
no offense intended, but this betrays a misunderstanding of how tags work. You imply that tags are official, and closed. In fact they are precisely the opposite. I will leave it to others to expound more on the merits of tags, but I can point you to this reading material for starters:
in a nutshell; add tags to (a) candidates and (b) ActBlue pages. For quality control, require that to tag a candidate, you must be a registered user AND you must have made a token donation ($2) to the candidate. Allow anyone, even non-registered users, the ability to tag ActBlue pages (but allow the owner to edit the tags). This will create rich, detailed metadata that will vastly increase the targeted traffic to pages at ActBlue and result in more overall donations.
Note that tags are only half of what I recommended. The other half is to crerate explicit linkage to Facebook, LinkedIn, and mySpace. I shouodl be able to add a widget to my Facebook page that lets my network on that site immediately donate to my pages of choice, for example. Thats only the most obvious trans-community connection, but there are a lot more things you can do. I am hoping that others will chime in here so we can get a real brainstorm going on what forms those connections might take.
i think a centralized disccussion has more merit; hopefully the overlap between the sites is high enough that the people who ardee interested in this stuff will read it here, esp now that it made the rec list (which rather surprised me).
How about a micro-loan program whereby people donate into a common pool that then makes interest-free loans to local progressive candidates, for use on local media. Like ActBlue, the program takes a percentage off teh top of the loan, so it would work like this:
1000 people put in $100
candidate receives 99,000
extra 1000 goes to the company
candidate's campaign pays back 100,000
the idea is to help candidates offset theheavy cost of media during peak season and focus resources on other avenues.
well, google cleared it as a spam blog, but iv elost control over thde dean2004 subdomain, as I feared. it isnow dean20045.blogspot.com. ive emailed them back to ask for the domain back; what else can I do? any suggestions?
cool :) reserve me a signed copy, man :) Maybe that will be the only record of DN's existence left, if google takes the hard line.
I will be seriously bummed out if the blog is really gone. I just don't have any way of rescuing the content should google decide against me. im not even sure why it would be classified as spam in the first place. even if it comes back, is someone else now squatting on the dean2004 subdomain? I cant figure out whats going on.
anyone familiar with a Zipfian distribution can attest to the fact that there are as many eyeballs in the long tail of the progressive blogsphere as there are in the top tiers. One problem with the Liberal Blogads Advertising Network is that (given the minimum traffic requirements) it is heavily biased towards that top tier - which means that up to 50% of all progressive blog reader eyeballs are being ignored. Granted there is substantial overlap, but a small blog with a handful of ads is essentially sharing more of its real-estate with Blogads than Dailykos is.
The advantage of the big blogs is that the sheer volume of hits means that even with very low click through percentages, the number of clicks in absolute terms is high. However, I theorize that a Small Liberal Blog Ad Network would deliver a substantial fraction of that same clickthrough traffic in absolute terms, because the percentage of clickthroughs would be higher.
I dareesay that most of the local activist blogs, focusing on state level races primarily, dont have the traffic to qualify for the big blogad network. But were there a "small cap" network established for their benefit (say, traffic between 100 - 1000 readers a day), they'd deliver the eyeballs. It's worth a try to test this hypothesis, if someone wants to step up to teh plate and get it going (disclaimer: We have a newborn in our household and I am moving from Texas to Wisconsin in less than a month, so count me out for the next three months at least)
One other important subset of liberal blogs are those with very long histories, which are a magnet for Google-derived traffic. Take my aging blog, Nation Building, to which I rarely post nowadays. When I do post, it is lengthy essays and detail, and the list archives go back over 4 years (to the Dean Nation days), so I would estimate about 90% of my traffic comes via google referrals (try for example, Howard Dean - I'm still in the top ten). A similar process surely operates for any longstanding liberal blog with any substantial post archives, such as Shadow of the Hegemon or Legal Fiction, just to name two out of many, many. A casual internet user may well arrive at a progressive netroots site such as these via google or other search engine despite having never heard of Dailykos - and to be frank, old blogeys like ours probably have more Pagerank than DK on specific topics because we tend to be more focused, and beat our hobbyhorses on selected issues more consistently.
The upshot of this is that there are many eyeballs to be captured from the pool of non-netroots readers, which if course is vastly larger than the daily audience of the liberal blogsphere as a whole, let alone the top tier of blogs in the Liberal Blogad Network. Tapping into these "markets" of old hi-density archive blogs, and small fry local blogs, via new blogad networks tailored to them is a win-win situation across the board.
I see upthread you back away from this rather aggressive pose. Still, linking to FEC reports is at best an insinuation, you haven't even explicitly spelled out what ethical lapse you think Joe R. was actually guilty of. You just paint a few dots and ask us toconnect them?
Joe Rospars has a long history since 2003 as a core member of the original netroots cadre who propelled Dean to the top. As I said upthread, Rospars has serious cred. You cant waltz in here and expect anyone who was a veteran of the Dean campaign and phenom to swallow this whole.
Either make a specific accusation against Joe, or admit you got nuthin' and stop littering the thread with vague FEC diclosure links.