Use this guide to start using Twitter to promote social change! Even for those of us who don’t like to use social media, Twitter has become an increasingly powerful tool to reach your elected officials directly. This is because most officials have and use Twitter accounts, and pay attention to folks who direct posts at them. The Congressional Management Foundation’s 2015 report showed that even 10 posts/tweets can make a difference!

You don’t need to spend a lot of time on social media to quickly tweet an issue at your representatives. In fact, you only have 140 characters to do it. Below, watch a short video to see how you can sign up for a Twitter account and use it to directly communicate with your elected officials. For additional details about using a Twitter account, check out Twitter’s Getting Started Tips, AARP’s social media how-to files, as well as this article from Wired Magazine.