As we head to the polls on Election Day (November 4th) and throughout the rest of that week, ADP and TDC encourage students and faculty to engage in a discussion about this important election cycle—including domestic policy issues most affecting higher education—using Twitter.
In order to prompt discussion during the Tweet-Up, Illinois State University’s School of Communication will compile a primer on major national themes and domestic policy implications gleaned from commentary occurring via social media on the night of the election. Illinois State University’s Social Media Analytics Command Center (SMACC) will be used to analyze public conversations from social media outlets, popular discussion forums, and major blogs. By following messages as they spread and diffuse across social networks, the SMACC can help identify and begin to predict message trends related to the 2014 election cycle. The SMACC report will be made publically available on November 5th and will be shared with all Tweet-Up participants.
Consider tweeting your ideas, questions, analysis and observations about the 2014 midterms on election night (Tuesday, Nov. 4) or throughout the following week (Nov 4-11) – during an election night watch party, as part of a political science, communications or other academic course or as part of another event planned on campus. Or join the conversation on your own!
All Tweet-Up participants should use the hashtag #ADPTDCelect during this conversation. The Twitter handles for the ADP, TDC, and SMACC are:
As the ADP and TDC are non-partisan and interested in preparing the next generation of informed, engaged citizens, we hope many of you will join us and encourage your students to do so as well—we want to encourage more students to engage in the electoral process and are not looking for a partisan battle, but for a supportive, interesting, and analytical conversation that encourages civic and political engagement.
- What: ADP/TDC 2014 Midterm Elections Tweet-Up
- When: Tuesday, November 4, 2014 – Tuesday, November 11, 2014
- How: On Twitter using the hashtag #ADPTDCelect; it only takes a few minutes for most students to learn to use Twitter, and they can create an account at https://twitter.com