Speaking and Being Heard: How Nonprofit Advocacy Organizations Gain Attention on Social Media

Monday, January 29, 2018 at 12:00pm to 1:15pm

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Lewis Hall (RGL), 308
650 Childs Way, Los Angeles, CA 90089


Chao Guo

Monday, January 29, 2018

Noon - 1:15 pm

Ralph and Goldy Lewis Hall, Room 308

[Lunch will be Served]


The social media era ushers in an increasingly “noisy” information environment that renders it more difficult for nonprofit advocacy organizations to make their voices heard. How then can an organization gain attention on social media? We address this question by building and testing a model of the effectiveness of the Twitter use of advocacy organizations. Using number of retweets and number of favorites as proxies of attention, we test our hypotheses with a 12-month panel dataset that collapses by month and organization the 219,915 tweets sent by 145 organizations in 2013. We find that attention is strongly associated with the size of an organization’s network, its frequency of speech, and the number of conversations it joins. We also find a seemingly contradictory relationship between different measures of attention and an organization’s targeting and connecting strategy.


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