View Full Version : Arnold uses Twitter to Crowdsource ideas on running the state

08-27-2009, 4:33 PM
Digital age is finally here.


California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger is heading to Twitter’s headquarters in San Francisco today to do a live streaming webchat with co-founders Evan Williams and Biz Stone. Oddly, Twitter hasn’t posted about it on its blog, but much of the company is atwitter (see what I did there) over the arrival. And so is the Governor, who tweets, “If you want to send in questions for my webchat at twitter hq with @ev and @biz, now is the time. You snooze, you lose.”

So what’s the purpose behind the Governor’s visit and the webcast? Well, Schwarzenegger has just launched a new Twitter-based site for California, MyIdea4CA.com. Yes, he’s using the social network to crowd-source ideas for how to run the state. Here’s the way the site describes how the process works:

Ideas are submitted to the website through your Twitter account when you include the hashtag #myidea4ca along with your idea in your tweet. MyIdea4CA.com centralizes the Twitter conversation by indexing the #myidea4ca tweets so they can be searched, sorted, and ranked and extends the conversation by allowing users to vote and add comments.

08-28-2009, 3:09 PM
wow asking people for there ideas on how to be represented I seem to remember there was a country like that long ago

08-28-2009, 3:12 PM
Oh I'm sure he's being quite selective about what he will listen to.

08-28-2009, 3:51 PM
I'm torn. While this is potentially a good idea, I am convinced that Twitter is the devil.

08-29-2009, 6:14 PM
I'm torn. While this is potentially a good idea, I am convinced that Twitter is the devil.

Doesn't matter. Swartzenager has been getting suggestions on what is broken and how to fix it from state workers that are down at eye level for a long time now. He ignores them all. This is just Smoke and Mirrors.