How to Join, Be a Social Media User and Contact Your Congressperson

FACEBOOK

Submitted by Patti Scafidi, Member-at-Large

WHAT IS FACEBOOK?
Facebook is used by individuals who wish to stay connected with, or reconnect with, people that they know offline. As well as maintaining a personal profile and posting messages on their “wall,” users can upload photo albums and videos, share links, write long notes, send private messages to friends, text, video chat, and play games. And, for our purposes, it allows you to stay in contact with your Legislator.

HOW TO JOIN:
Google website: www.facebook.com. When you see the signup form, fill out your name, email address or phone number, password, birthday and gender. If you don’t see the form, click Sign Up, then fill out the form. Once you sign up, you’ll need to confirm your email address or phone number. Facebook will send you either an email or phone message, depending on which sign-in method you chose. There will be a link to CONFIRM. CONFIRM!

HOW TO USE:
You are now a member of Facebook! Sign on to use and at the top of your page you can look up your Congressperson. Ninety-nine percent of LEGISLATORS have FACEBOOK accounts, whereas only 94 percent have both TWITTER and FACEBOOK accounts. Admittedly, Facebook is the easiest to use, starting out. The good thing about Facebook is that you are not limited to 140 characters or @ signs. With Facebook, you can submit requests/recommendations using as many words as you like. I WILL HELP YOU! My Facebook address is https://www.facebook.com/patti.scafidi or just look for PattiAmmvScafidi. Go to my Facebook address and send me a friend request. I will help you any way I can. See below for all my contact info.

OUR NEW JUST RECOGNITION MOTTO: HELL NO; WE WON’T GO AWAY.
It is very important that we urge our legislators to co-sponsor HR.563; so

TO CONTACT A CONGRESSPERSON ON FACEBOOK ABOUT HR.563:
After you sign on to Facebook, all you have to do is type the name of the Congressperson or Senator in the top search bar and you will find their Facebook page. You will either be able to post right there or send them a Private Message. BE SURE TO follow up with phone calls & letters. Example: I (or person you are writing about) am a WWII Veteran Merchant Mariner and your constituent. Please Co-sponsor our bill #HR563 I am (88-?) AND TIME IS RUNNING OUT for us!

Patti’s note: If you have any questions about these instructions, please email patti.scafidi@gmail.com or send me a private message on my Facebook page. OR call me at 228-671-6384. THEN also be sure to mark “like”, if you do, and comment on our AMMV Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/AMMV1775. Or just search for AMMV in the search box. Need Help? Please don’t hesitate to call! I am here for YOU!

HOW TO TWITTER

Submitted by Sheila Sova, Member-at-Large – email for help at shesova@aol.com

ABOUT TWITTER:
Twitter allows users to post 140 character messages, or tweets, and follow the messages of other users on their Twitter feed. It is mainly used to communicate with other individuals with similar interests, regardless of whether users know one another off Twitter.

4 EASY STEPS TO SIGN UP:

  1. Go to www.twitter.com
  2. Click on SIGN UP
  3. Put in your email address and a password.
  4. Give yourself a Twitter address (it can be your full name if you wish to give it out or just a nickname).

You will receive an email to confirm that you are signed up. After this, when you Google www.twitter. com your account should come up automatically.

USING TWITTER:
Twitter Address @: Just like an email address, each person has their own individual Twitter address. An address on Twitter for a musician might be @ rock-and-roll or @pianokeys, which describes something about them. You can also use your name as your Twitter address such as @johnsmith. Warning, someone may already have your same name so you can always add a number after your name such as @ Johnsmith123

To search for a subject: use Hashtags (#): Have a special topic you want to tweet about? Use a hashtag (#) so if you are looking for a special topic or word you can type it into the search bar and it will come up. A hashtag is almost like a “clue to finding a subject” such as searching for the Jones Act or a Liberty Ship. When you type either of those words in the search bar, any picture or comment about those two things will bring up any comments, pictures or videos about Liberty ships or the Jones Act. Examples of hashtags you might want to use or search for are: #jonesact, #libertyship, #merchantmarine, #WWII, and most importantly, #HR563 and  #MMWWII.

TO CONTACT A CONGRESSPERSON ON TWITTER ABOUT HR.563:
How to tweet Congresspersons your concerns for HR563? All you have to do is type the name of the congressman or senator in the top search bar and you find their Twitter address. OR on the Google search line, type in: https://twitter.com/verified/lists/us-congress – to verify their Twitter address.

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