Alan W. Silberberg on SEO – U.S. State Department Presentation

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Gov20LA is coming up soon, Two weeks to be exact.

Los Angeles is not a walking town, generally. There are public transportation systems, but in the City of Los Angeles the bus system is the strongest. There is a Metro, but it only goes to certain parts of town. If you plan on taking cabs, most take credit cards.

Recommendation: Rent a car or get a hotel near the venue so it will be an inexpensive taxi ride.

LAX is roughly 35-45 minutes away from the event site without traffic. Additionally, due to the traffic intensity in Los Angeles, always allow a little more time to drive places than you think necessary.

Hotels:
We have reserved a block of rooms at the W Hollywood, which is opening the week prior to the Camp, and is where the Friday Night Reception will be held. The W is located on Hollywood Boulevard, right in the mix of the Hollywood scene, and next door to a Red Line Metro stop. The W is approximately a 10 minute drive from the venue site. Note: This link has a secondary confirmation process that is not obvious.
http://www.starwoodmeeting.com/StarGroupsWeb/res?id=1001219299&key=3363D
will set you up with a customized applet for the Camp.

Additional Hotels nearby:
http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g32655-d82578-Reviews-Beverly_Laurel_Motor_Hotel-Los_Angeles_California.html

http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g32655-d274223-Reviews-Wilshire_Crest_Inn-Los_Angeles_California.html

Car Rental: While many of you may already get Government discounts on Rental Cars, you should also check out which offers deep discounts: Rental Car Momma http://www.rentalcarmomma.com/cities/california.htm Also: check the Big airline sites for their car solutions in LA, sometimes cheaper than discount travel sites.

Venue Information: The Camp will be held at http://www.blankspaces.com – which is locatedĀ  on Wilshire Boulevard near La Brea. There are several restaurants, and bars nearby, as well as a Starbucks and a Staples next door. The site is a co-working “hotel” with powerful technology to support our needs.

Friday Night reception 7:00 -8:30pm will be RSVP only – please do so soon… Send an email about the Reception. Email: Register@gov20la.org

Saturday Morning registration starting bright and early at 8am, first session begins at 8:30am pst.

More Press! 30 Second TV ad Contest Announced!

Giving Political Power to Real People

Giving Political Power to Real People

Thursday, August 07 2008

Press Release announcing National 30 Second Advertisement Contest

Here is the latest Press Release announcing the National 30 Second TV Ad contest.

Below are links to recent news coverage of this event:

Here is Mashable’s write up:

http://mashable.com/2008/08/07/campaign-commercials/

Thanks Mashable! We appreciate it.

Here is USA Today’s “On Politics” Blog:

http://blogs.usatoday.com/onpolitics/2008/08/think-youre-as.html

Thanks USA Today! We appreciate it.

You2Gov to show at NCSL

You2Gov Bringing Power to the People

You2Gov Bringing Power to the People

www.you2gov.com

You2Gov CEO Alan W. Silberberg will be attending the NCSL (National Conference of State Legislators) annual meeting in New Orleans this week, and will be presenting new information to the Legislators and their staffs, as well as the Media and Press in attendance.

www.ncsl.org

You2Gov is already linked to all 50 state legislatures, as well as to the U.S. Senate, and House of Representatives and is poised to provide seamless one touch communications with your elected officials at the State and Federal levels, and within weeks will be rolling out additional new features designed to make You2Gov your one stop place for all things social and political on the web.

We look forward to joining with all of the State Legislatures and the hard working people who work tirelessly in them for all of us, this week in New Orleans. Most importantly we look forward to showing these leaders from all across America, how You2Gov is quickly becoming the site to organize around issues and take action.

Do you want to shake a Politicians Hand Part 2?

It is interesting that people ask questions about politics but until recently were not assured of the answer.

Until recently there was not anyone who could or would answer those questions. As a young person, I clearly remember my parents taking me to public events and rallies around issues I knew little about. I did know there was lots of energy, and I would ask lots of questions, usually of my forgiving parents. Sometimes they had an answer, and others, like when we were standing in protest against apartheid, there was none.

I want to make sure that future generations have their questions answered. So we started to build a tool and action kit, that we will be rolling out soon.

This study was done by the Pew Center, and is right on with our sentiments, and only reinforces how the Internet has become the answer, or at least part of it.

http://pewresearch.org/pubs/869/politics-goes-viral-online

Politics Goes Viral Online

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The 2008 election campaign has sparked unprecedented interest within the electorate. Throughout the spring, surveys by the Pew Research Center for The People & The Press have found that roughly one-third of Americans have been following news about the primary campaign very closely — a level of interest not usually reached until the peak of election season. Within this context, large numbers of Americans are not only going online to learn about the campaigns, but are also taking an active role in promoting online conversations about politics as well as spreading news and information about their candidate of choice or the race in general.

In total, 46% of all adults are using the internet, email or phone text messaging for political purposes in this election. This percentage includes those who are doing at least one of the three major activities we probed — getting news and information about the campaign, using email to discuss campaign-related matters, or using phone texting for the same purpose.

  • 40% of all Americans (internet users and non-users alike) have gotten news and information about this year’s campaign via the internet.
  • 19% of Americans go online once a week or more to do something related to the campaign, and 6% go online to engage politically on a daily basis.
  • 23% of Americans say they receive emails urging them to support a candidate or discuss the campaign once a week or more.
  • 10% of Americans use email to contribute to the political debate with a similar frequency.

This is the first survey in which we have asked about the use of text messaging for political reasons. While text messaging has not yet equaled the internet or email as a widespread political tool, we find that nearly one-in-10 text messaging users (representing 4% of all adults) are sending or receiving text messages about the campaign or other political issues on a regular basis.

More Americans have gone online to get political news and campaign information so far than in all of 2004.
At this point in the 2004 election cycle, 31% of Americans had used the internet to get political news and information. The jump to 40% who say this now is even more striking because the population of online political users already exceeds the number of Americans who had used the internet for politics in the entire 2004 campaign. Moreover, the proportion of Americans getting political news and information on any given day in the spring of 2008 has more than doubled, compared with a similar period in 2004. In May and June of 2004, about 8% of adults were using the internet on a typical day to stay in touch with political developments. In April and May of this year, 17% of adults are getting political news online on a typical day.

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Two new internet activities have stormed the political stage: 35% of Americans have watched online videos related to the campaign and 10% have used social networking sites to engage in political activity.

After the 2004 presidential race, the Pew Internet Project asked a broad question about whether respondents had watched any kind of video about the campaign or the election and 13% of adults said they had. This year we asked more detailed questions because video has become such a commonplace activity online and found that 35% of adults had watched some form of political video online so far.

We have also added questions about the role of social networking sites in politics to our survey this year and found that 10% of all Americans have used sites like Facebook or MySpace for some kind of political activity. That amounts to 14% of internet users and fully 40% of those who have created profiles on such sites.

For young adults in particular these sites are a key component of the online political experience: 66% of internet users under the age of 30 have a social networking profile, and half of young profile owners use social network sites to get or share information about the candidates and the campaign.

Nearly one in ten internet users has donated money to a candidate online at this point in the race
Some 8% of internet users (representing 6% of all adults) have donated money to a candidate online thus far. This is a notable increase from the 3% of internet users (representing 2% of all adults) who had donated money online the first time we asked this question in our fall 2006 survey.

Young voters tilt towards Obama specifically and the Democrats generally and that gives the Democrats some online advantages.
Young voters in our survey tend to gravitate towards the Democratic Party and the Obama campaign at greater rates than their elders, and their comfort engaging with the political world online is clearly in evidence in our survey. Online Democrats outpace Republicans in their consumption of online video (51% vs. 42%). Furthermore, Democrats are significantly ahead among social networking site profile creators: 36% of online Democrats have such profiles, compared with 21% of Republicans and 28% of independents.

Supporters of Democrat Barack Obama are the most in evidence in several key online activities. Among Democrats, his supporters are more likely than Hillary Clinton’s to be internet users. And even among the internet users in both camps, Obama partisans are more active online political users than Clinton supporters or John McCain’s.

  • 74% of wired Obama supporters have gotten political news and information online, compared with 57% of online Clinton supporters.
  • In a head-to-head matchup with internet users who support Republican McCain, Obama’s backers are more likely to get political news and information online (65% vs. 56%).

Among online Democrats, Obama supporters are more likely than Clinton supporters to have made online campaign contributions (17% vs. 8%), to sign online petitions (24% vs. 11%), to have passed along political commentaries in blogs and other forms (23% vs. 13%) and to have watched campaign videos of any kind (64% vs. 43%). Obama backers are also more likely than McCain partisans to have engaged in a range of online campaign activities.

39% of online Americans have used the internet to gain access to primary political documents and observe campaign events.
There is evidence of significant citizen desire to access campaign materials directly. Fully 39% of internet users (29% of all adults) have gone online to read or watch “unfiltered” campaign material, which includes candidate debates, speeches/announcements, position papers and speech transcripts. Obama supporters are the most likely to have embraced these online activities.

Despite the increased salience of online sources in the politcal debate, wired Americans have mixed views about the overall impact of the internet on politics.
While a respectable share of online Americans say that the internet has helped them become more involved in the campaign and feel more personally connected to their candidate of choice, even larger numbers feel that the internet is a megaphone for extreme viewpoints and a source of misinformation for many voters.

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Wired Republicans are more likely than Democrats to have negative views about the internet, while online Democrats and young voters are more likely to agree with positive assertions about the impact of the internet.

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Read the full report at pewinternet.org