TSPLOST debate is quiet on social media

6:57 AM, Jul 11, 2012   |    comments
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SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. -- Jenny Schmitt is a communications strategist who said both sides of the TSPLOST debate are falling short with their social media campaigns.

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"From my perspective, it's much too quiet," said Schmitt, founder of www.CloudSpark.com.

11Alive News asked Schmitt to analyze the online debate over T-SPLOST to see who's winning the fight for followers.

She gave a slight edge to the pro-tax campaign called Untie Atlanta.

"We see them doing a little bit more with visual media," Schmitt said. "They also have more followers on Facebook and Twitter, but not as many as you would think."

On the other side, Schmitt gave credit to the anti-tax group Traffic Truth doing a better job of engaging followers.

But with early voting already underway, she said both sides could benefit from better social media plans.

"That requires you to be present, persistent and consistent," Schmitt said. "You can't just post once a day in social media. People are on and off, back and forth, and you've got to be there when they're there."

"I think this is a missed opportunity by both sides," she added. 

On Wednesday, Atlantic Station is partnering with Untie Atlanta for an online Tweetup.

Saba Long, press secretary at Citizens for Transportation Mobility, will be on Twitter to answer questions about the referendum from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. and again from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Tweeters can send questions to Caleb J. Spivak, Atlantic Station's social media and community manager, who will be moderating the discussion from the mixed-use community's Twitter handle (@AtlanticStation).

Answers will come from Saba Long on the Untie Atlanta Twitter handle (@UntieAtlanta). Participants can follow the conversation by using hashtag #UntieATL. 

Net Impact Atlanta (@NetImpactATL) is also hosting a Tweetup at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday.

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