Project: Guerrilla Manifesto/Petition
On the call today, we agreed on the idea of formulating a viral manifesto to further the #BuyTwitter cause as the buyout remains in the news cycle and channel that energy toward the longer-term cooperative.
I proposed a manifesto for Twitter users calling for a say, and co-ownership, as Twitter evolves to a new ownership structure. I'm not sure #BuyTwitter is the right framing. Maybe #WeAreTwitter or something like that. The hope is that we could get lots and lots of Twitter users to sign the manifesto and show our strength.
@arminsteuernagel1 usefully suggested that we could also have people who own shares of the company acknowledge their support and perhaps offer proxies to the cause. @tommcdonough rightly warned that we need to be careful of legal issues in doing so.
@tristancopleysmith has expressed interest in creating an accompanying video, which I think would be fantastic.
What else? Does someone feel inspired to start drafting, or offering ideas for those who do?
Slack channel: #manifesto
Nathan Schneider started a proposal October 8th, 2016 15:51
Is this manifesto draft headed in the right direction? Closed 1:50pm - Sunday 9 Oct 2016
It seems like we think that draft is headed in the right direction. Great!
Take a look at this sketch of a manifesto and let us know what you think:
And join the #manifesto channel in Slack.
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October 9th, 2016 00:14
Tone is ++good. If possible to have a check box for "I'm a current shareholder & would like to know how I can support", I highly recommend (why miss the opportunity?).
Nathan Schneider started a proposal October 9th, 2016 20:01
We need a hashtag for this campaign. Shall we stick with #BuyTwitter? Closed 1:01pm - Tuesday 11 Oct 2016
It seems that we are somewhat divided, but that there is a general consensus toward using both #WeAreTwitter and #BuyTwitter.
Since the Guardian article came out, we've been organizing under the language of #BuyTwitter. That seems to have captured people's attention. Now, as we prepare the next phase of the outreach campaign, we face a question about whether to keep it.
Pros: Consistency, and it's a call to action.
Cons: It's a bit transactional, and it sounds expensive.
Others have made suggestions of other hashtags, including:
What do you think? If you want to stick with #BuyTwitter, choose "agree." If not, say in your comment what you'd prefer.
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October 9th, 2016 20:11
don't have a strong view either way I guess in many ways makes sense to keep using #BuyTwitter but I also note that #WeAreTwitter is already being used more. Perhaps use both?
October 9th, 2016 22:33
I prefer #CoopTwitter b/c it sounds more applicable to our agenda. #BuyTwitter sounds corporatist--what it seems to me we're trying to avoid. I am admittedly a bit sensitive to corporatism, though and am open to whatever the group chooses. :thumbsup:
Tristan Copley Smith
October 10th, 2016 12:34
Agree with @Josef: we should use #BuyTwitter alongside #WeAreTwitter -- problem with JUST #BuyTwitter is people on Twitter use it for various sales promos and talking about Twitter stock. #WeAreTwitter is thus a "cleaner" hashtag...:-)
October 10th, 2016 16:16
Purely personal, but I like #LetsOwnTwitter
October 10th, 2016 18:05
After seeing the wise responses of others, I'm starting to lean back toward #WeAreTwitter as the main manifesto hashtag, along with #BuyTwitter as a corollary. #WeAreTwitter is positive, inclusive, and open-ended, which is what we need.
October 10th, 2016 23:09
The framing and hashtag that makes the most sense to me is #WeAreTwitter. To me this is movement not specifically about structure... although we are offering a different structure. This is about embracing a different relationship with a platform.
October 11th, 2016 00:17
- #WeAreTwitter because it's catchy and inclusive. It has a touch of activism and it's not intimidating. 2. #BuyTwitter should stay as an anchor because it brought us together and many will keep using it anyway.
Nathan Schneider started a proposal October 13th, 2016 13:37
Can we blast this on Monday? Closed 7:27pm - Thursday 13 Oct 2016
Yeah let's do this.
Every day that passes is another day that the prospect of a Twitter sale goes by without our option on the table. I think we need to run this initial publicity campaign very soon. I propose we do so on Monday, October 17. That means:
- A finished manifesto (see the current version here)
- A website with a functioning petition system (@kirstenlambertsen)
- An accompanying video that points to the website (@trizcs)
- A press release and a press list to send it to (anyone?)
What do y'all think? Anything else that needs to be done? How comfortable are we with moving forward?
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October 13th, 2016 13:58
I think we are close to articulating our financing proposal. If anyone has (or wants to make) a comment, please go to #financing_strategies on the Slack project Buy Twitter.
October 13th, 2016 19:24
I'm 110% in for blasting this Monday (AND Tuesday, when people pay more attention to the Internet). However, my friendly amendment is that first prepare an easy path for people to get involved (e.g., see tweet > visit site > sign up 4 emails > act)
Nathan Schneider started a proposal October 18th, 2016 22:27
Are you going to help us spread our petition everywhere in the universe at 12:30 pm PT on Wednesday? Because that's when we launch. Closed 9:01am - Wednesday 19 Oct 2016
Okay, the time has come. Spread the word!
Send people here: wearetwitter.global
Use this hashtag: #WeAreTwitter (plus #BuyTwitter if you want)
We'll post details of the link, social media sharing, etc.
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