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POLITICO Birthday of the Day Q&A

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Daniel Lippman was kind enough to invite me to participate in this Q&A for POLITICO Playbook Plus as I celebrated my birthday this year. Thought I would cross-post here.

POLITICOPOLITICO Playbook Plus BIRTHDAY OF THE DAY: David Almacy, Bush WH and Edelman alum now PR and digital strategist
11/25/2016

How/where are you celebrating your birthday and with whom?
“Since my birthday falls on the day after Thanksgiving this year, I plan to spend it with family — assuming that we aren’t still in a turkey induced tryptophan coma. We will probably stick pretty close to home on my actual birthday but may take a trip to Williamsburg to check out the holiday decorations over the weekend. Also, no cake for me. Bring on the apple pie and vanilla ice cream!”

How did you get your start in politics?
“I was a White House intern in President George H.W. Bush’s Administration while in college. After graduation, my first job was in the broadcast services division at the Republican National Committee feeding audio news actualities to overnight radio engineers during the 1992 cycle. After volunteering on the Bush 2000 campaign, I served in the U.S. Department of Education and as White House Internet Director for President George W. Bush.”

What’s an interesting book/article you’re reading now or finished? And why?
“Based on recommendations by two of my friends Gerrit Lansing and Tyler Brown, I picked up a copy of ‘Team of Teams: New Rules of Engagement for a Complex World’ by Gen. Stanley McChrystal. In the book, he discusses lessons learned during his military career including how specific leadership principles can be used to optimize success for small groups charged with solving complex challenges. It’s an excellent read and I highly recommend it — especially as we head into the next four years.”

What is a trend going on in the U.S. or abroad that doesn’t get enough attention?
“Our family spent a week in London this past August. I was quite impressed with the digital integration in the United Kingdom such as ubiquitous Wi-Fi, interactive experiences at Parliament and museums like the Churchill War Rooms, easy monetary transactions on the Tube and a restaurant that was fully digitally automated from placing an order to food delivery. Of course, some of this technology is already available in the U.S. but it was notable that as a modern global city, London has invested in ways that we haven’t yet.”

What do you think a Trump presidency/Trump America will look like?
“Well, one thing is for sure. Whether you supported him or not, Mr. Trump has consistently surprised most, even his most ardent detractors, with his success as a politician. I can only hope for the sake of our country’s future that he surrounds himself with good people and that this trend continues.”

What’s your morning routine?
“My daily schedule is pretty straightforward. I’m usually up at 6:45 a.m., check email, then a quick scan of headlines and social media. I drop my daughters off at school then coffee, email again, turn on cable news, and plan the rest of my day which usually consists of conference calls and client work. On weekends, I can usually be found on the soccer field.”

What’s a goal of yours for the next year?
“It seems that most goals typically revolve around self improvement or ambition to improve one’s status in life. All that is fine but I choose to look outwardly in 2017. For me, I am going to try and slow down and invest more time in others. As the great philosopher Ferris Bueller put it, ‘Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.’ Good advice. We all have a lot more in common than we often care to admit. Instead of thriving on divisions, we all should just slow down, listen to each other, work together, focus on solutions, seek compromise and be thankful for the blessings we have — not just during this holiday season but year-round.”

Source: POLITICO Playbook Plus

Engage launches Scorecard

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Engage is excited to announce the launch of our newest innovative social media project, Scorecard. This interactive platform is a one-stop digital dashboard that aggregates and displays social media and fundraising data of every presidential candidate who officially entered the 2016 race to the White House.

While potential voter support is tracked daily through a variety of traditional methods and antiquated polls. At Engage, we couldn’t help but ask the question: Is there a correlation between social media success and political success?

Scorecard was designed with an emphasis on user experience, ensuring information is presented clearly making it easy to navigate and comprehend. Processing each candidate’s recently reported fundraising numbers, as well as activity on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube can seem overwhelming at first, but with our clean, aesthetically inspired design, users can easily access the information they need and uncover hidden insights never before seen in one place.

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Twitter 2013 Recap

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Vizify logoI stumbled onto Vizify the other day via Twitter and just spent a few minutes checking it out today.

After creating an account by syncing your social media sites, Vizify will auto-generate a mini-website that compiles content and data from your Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram and Foursquare feeds and then transform them into a series of nifty visual online representations.

I really liked the animated #2013Memories Twitter video which is customized for each user. After preview, there is also an option to edit which is quite user friendly.

Share buttons are fine, but I wish there was a way to embed the video. To watch it, click on either the link above or the image below. Then, go make one of your own! Feel free to share it with me on Twitter (@almacy). I would love to see it.

Vizify #2013Memories Twitter video

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Warning! Obamacare Very Sensitive

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Over the weekend, this appeared in my Twitter feed.

Evidently, a user was attempting to tweet out a link to a cover image of the upcoming November 11, 2013 edition of The New Yorker magazine. I was on my mobile phone at the time and was intrigued when a warning popped up after I attempted to click the link.

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The text of the tweet reads “New Yorker Mag Cover Slams Obama and Sebelius” and certainly implies that the image and cover story was likely critical of the Obama Administration’s botched rollout of Healthcare.gov and the Affordable Care Act.

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2012 Year in Review Through Twitter

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What was your favorite moment of 2012? So much happens each year that we often forget to take time to reflect in the moment.

As we embark upon 2013, Jeremiah Warren has pulled together a short video on YouTube looking back on some of the past year’s highlights including events in the Middle East, London Olympics, 2012 presidential election, NASA, Disney’s purchase of Lucasfilms, the Pope’s first tweet, Kate Middleton’s pregnancy, the Mayans and several memorial tweets remembering those we lost.

What do you think? Anything left out?

Happy New Year!

Source: Social Times

Friday Five: Digital Road to the White House

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Friday5: Digital Road to the White HouseThis year, we will all witness and likely participate in the 2012 U.S. presidential election in an unprecedented manner thanks to social media and rapidly emerging technology. Not only are the campaigns and mainstream media using these tools, but voters will also have unique opportunities that will help inform their vote on Election Day come November. Here are five ways that digital media is changing the modern political environment in the U.S.:

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Highlights from #GOP2012

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The social media numbers are in from last week’s Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida and they are impressive!

GOP 2012 Social Numbers

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GOP Gears Up for Tampa

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As delegates make their way to Tampa, Florida next week for the 2012 Republican National Convention, staff and volunteers are working diligently to ensure that all Americans can participate — whether in person or remotely. Thanks to advanced technology through partnerships with AT&T, Microsoft and Google along with social media use among participants and viewers alike, they can!

According to a recent video released by convention organizers as part of their “Convention Insider” series, the goal is to make this the “most open and accessible event of its kind.”

Follow along via Twitter @GOPconvention (#GOP2012), Facebook, YouTube, and the official 2012 GOP Convention website at http://www.gopconvention2012.com.

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Call Meme Maybe

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Almost anyone who has been near a radio this summer has certainly heard Carly Rae Jepsen’s catchy tune, “Call Me Maybe.” In June, our family embarked upon a massive roadtrip that took us from Washington, DC to Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Missouri, West Virginia and back. We must’ve heard this song at least two dozen times while in the car, usually with a “Turn it up!” request from my girls in the backseat.

As it turns out, we weren’t the only ones. The Harvard University baseball team had a little fun with the song, as well. Apparently, on a roadtrip of their own back in May 2012, they sang and danced to the tune from the backseat of their van and uploaded a video of it to YouTube. Then, the Internet took notice. At the time of this post, their video had over 14.6 million views. But it didn’t end there.

Harvard Call Me Maybe

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I Spot the Shuttle…

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#SpottheShuttle from atop our International Square rooftop, 1... on TwitpicAbout 100 or so gathered on the roof of our building to get a glimpse of the Space Shuttle Discovery.

It was slated to fly over the Washington, DC monuments for a swansong journey before officially retiring to a new home at the Smithsonian’s Udvar-Hazy Center in Dulles, VA.

It was supposed to arrive between 10 AM and 11 AM ET but it was early. Word traveled faster than the shuttle.

How did we know? Why, Twitter, of course. Thanks, @Smithsonian! (HT @shkon)

So, we headed up to the roof and anxiously attempted to figure out just exactly which direction to look in anticipation of its arrival. Hashtags started to trend on Twitter such as #SpottheShuttle and #WelcomeDiscovery.

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