Twitter and the Race for Memphis Mayor

By now just about everyone has head about twitter, even if you don’t know what it is. The best evidence of this widespread knowledge is the fact that at least 5 of the potential candidates for Mayor (County Mayor AC Wharton, Mayor Pro Tem Myron Lowery, Charles Carpenter, Jerry Lawler, and Rev. Kenneth Whalum Jr) are not only using twitter, but using it fairly effectively, to get message out and build campaign funds/volunteers.

Yesterday, after the revelation that a certain former Mayor had pulled a petition to run for his old job broke on twitter nearly all of these candidates sprung into action on the social networking service.

(Not Necessarily in chronological order)
AC
Lowery
Lawler
And the tweet that is my personal favorite…
Whalum

These were followed by event announcements and ways to get involved with the campaigns. As weird of a day as it was, I think it’s of the good, regardless of what the former Mayor does. The evolution of media and message is FINALLY starting to filter down to local races here in Memphis. It’s a huge opportunity, and an even bigger responsibility for the people of the city.

They’re talking to us. They’re talking DIRECTLY TO US and listening to us as well. You would do well to listen, learn, and make your voice heard. It won’t stay like this forever if we don’t take advantage of it now.

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