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  1. rolygate

    rolygate Forum Manager Admin Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    For the next few days there will be a Twitterbomb at 21:00 UTC / 9pm GMT for 1 hour.

    The idea is to get #EUecigban to the #1 spot in the trending list (the list is on the left side of your Twitter profile). We have been told that EU officials, MEPs, journalists and others monitor EU-related hashtags and we want to get a large EU-wide volume of tweets out there about the amazingly corrupt legislative process that clearly bends over backwards to protect major industries at the potential cost in this case of millions of lives. The EU Parliament voted against medicalisation of ecigs, now officials are trying to effect exactly the same thing by use of a tobacco product classification with ultra-strict regulations that are a de facto ban.

    Please:
    1. Send as many tweets as you can
    2. Include messages about EU corruption, influence of the pharmaceutical industry, the undemocratic process, how the EU will be responsible for millions of preventable deaths, why they are doing this to protect pharma, they are protecting cigarette sales, etc.
    3. Use these hashtags: #EUecigban #ecigs #EU

    If you don't use Twitter then get an account and start now. Let's make sure journalists know about this issue. Here's how:

    1. Go to https://twitter.com
    2. Register, choose a username; your name and username will be displayed in each of your tweets so make sure you get it right first time - see one from Gerry Stimson in pic below

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    3. The username is mainly so people can reply to you easily and search your past tweets
    4. Put something in your profile. If you are only going to tweet on this issue then put something like:
    Ecig user living in the EU gulag
    5. Twitter may not have much relevance to your daily life - but for community advocacy it is a really useful tool, and if you haven't used it before then now is the time
    6. Here's a typical message for this purpose - you can just copy and paste this into the text box if you like, though it's better if you create your own; keep the tags at the end the same, though:

    Stop the EU banning ecigs by the back door #EUecigban #ecigs #EU


    This is good: beginner guide to Twitter
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j_0HFQc3Bh8
     
  2. Orb Skewer

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    Bump :) .........
     
  3. SmokeyJoe

    SmokeyJoe ECF Founder Admin Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    Just to follow on from Roly's comprehensive overview - it's hard to overemphasise how important Twitter has been in generating support within Europe on fighting the EU's attempts to outlaw vaping. We've gained support from politicians, scientists and opinion makers that would have been difficult to get in any other medium.

    I've used twitter for general interest for some time, and thought its main utility was as a sort of social aggregator for interest-specific links. I was wrong - it's much more than that.

    One of the main reasons this Twittbomb is so important is that we know officials in the EU are monitoring twitter hashtags relating to the EU to guage sentiment. Hence, it's very important that the hashtags #EUecigban #ecigs #EU are used in these tweets.
     
  4. WelshVapour

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    I've signed the petition, I've hounded my local vape store to get the petition out there, now I'm gonna use twitter! I'm in!
     
  5. e-pipeman

    e-pipeman Vaping Master ECF Veteran

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    Very sensible. I'm in.
     
  6. AudreySchroder

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    Do you have to live in Europe to sign the petition?

    Regardless, I'll def. tweet and blog about it.
     
  7. low_tar_neil

    low_tar_neil Administrator Admin ECF Veteran

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    No, anyone can sign it - cheers Audrey!
     
  8. Orb Skewer

    Orb Skewer Ultra Member ECF Veteran

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    Bump................
     
  9. DC2

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    Not knowing much about Twitter...

    Are there specific targets to address the tweets to?
    Or do we just pick the targets and find their tweeter handles?

    I don't Tweet other than the daily tweet links posted by thew92 so I'm a bit clueless.
    :)
     
  10. diggyb

    diggyb Super Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    How about some canned tweets for those of us who want to contribute but don't have the head-space to be original?
     
  11. Talyon

    Talyon Vape 4 Life Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    In and Bump.
     
  12. rolygate

    rolygate Forum Manager Admin Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    OK. See the template message in point #6 in post 1.

    The EU are trying to bring in an ecig ban by backdoor methods even though a ban was defeated in the EU Parliament. The entire process is totally corrupt and is driven by financial motives not public health. We need to stop the EU's ecig ban, and their officials, journalists and many others monitor messages with certain hashtags (tags that start with a # symbol).

    So if you send a message like, "Stop the undemocratic EU ecig ban. #EUecigban #EU #ecigs"
    ...then it will add to the volume of messages sent between 9pm and 10pm UTC (GMT) and they will top the trending lists and be seen by many. For example, journalists see this traffic and comment on it.

    This is called a 'Twitterbomb' and it does have an effect.
     
  13. diggyb

    diggyb Super Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    done - thanks

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  14. Ken_A

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    Ok... I twittered. Don't know how to share, but I twittered.

    Ecig users living in the EU gulag.#EUecigban #ecigs #EU
     
  15. AgentAnia

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    Well good grief! I've sworn I'd never touch twitter, but this is a cause I believe in, so I'm in. I'm a tweeter. Sent off my tweet; hope I was in time for the twitterbomb!
     
  16. e-pipeman

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    I got 55 tweets into the hour. I'm tired but happy! :)
     
  17. WelshVapour

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    Incredible seeing the magnitude of tweets sent for our cause, was great being a part of it!
     
  18. Anjaffm

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    YES!!!!!
    #ecigs is Trend 2 in Germany!!!
    YESSS!!!!
    We are the people! And don't you forget it, EU!

    Trends · Change
    #bsf
    #ecigs
    #LaikTürkiyeninYobazİktidarı
    #MilletinSesiAzizdir
    #HalliGalli
    Quizduell
    Selena Gomez
    Christmas
    Weihnachten
    Miley Cyrus

    /edit: wrong - Trend No 1 :D
    #ecigs
    #bsf
    #LaikTürkiyeninYobazİktidarı
    #MilletinSesiAzizdir
    #halligalli
    Quizduell
    Selena Gomez
    Christmas
    Weihnachten
    Miley Cyrus

    ....................

    Thank you very very much for your support, dears! :)
    This was my 1st Twitterbomb ever, and man, was I busy :)
     
  19. e-pipeman

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    This was actually my first time tweeting other than "following". With 55 tweets under my belt maybe I'll have a nap now. :) BTW - they were all different.
     
  20. Dave_in_OK

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    Well looks like this old dog needs to learn a new trick:toast:
     
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