Incorporating Twitter-Based Petitions into NationBuilder

Suggestion / Challenge:

Find Twitter-based petitions and write a script that can automatically incorporate the content logically into NationBuilder with the push of a button (and with the option to edit for any inadvertent conversion errors after the automatic incorporation).  Here is an example of such a petition prominently featured on Twitter (with a Care2 / thepetitionsite.com backbone) currently trending on #OpBART: http://twitter.com/AnonyOps/status/142999803910045698


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  • commented 2011-12-06 19:37:26 -0500
    Adriel, thanks for the comment on this suggestion. My thinking with this one is to see if a team could collaborate to write script (maybe at CityCampSF Hackathon) that would somehow parse out a tweet (such as the one cited in the Suggestion / Challenge example above) into several components for NationBuilder, apart from designating the tweet author (twitter handle): (1) Description, (2) Hashtags, (3) Petition Link (if incorporated in the tweet) and (4) associated / cited twitter users in the tweet. For the tweet cited in the above example, http://twitter.com/AnonyOps/status/142999803910045698 — a successful script would create a result with the push of a button (OAuth) — it would also recognize terms such as “cc” or “via” and weed them out — and the output in NationBuilder would look like this:

    TWEET AUTHOR (twitter handle)
    @AnonyOps
    DESCRIPTION
    A petition for a public takeover of BART!
    SIGN THE PETITION!!
    HASHTAGS
    #opBART #occupySF #occupyOakland
    PETITION LINK
    http://bit.ly/vpkKYI
    CITED TWITTER HANDLES
    @pcvcolin
  • commented 2011-12-06 12:53:36 -0500
    Thanks for the suggestion! NationBuilder will already pull in any mentions of a particular Twitter handle if it’s authorized as a broadcaster, but it doesn’t yet do so for hashtags. This might be a good suggestion to add at http://nationbuilder.com/suggest (since there is not yet a RESTful API for NationBuilder, this function would have to be added by internal developers for the time being).
  • published this page in CityCampSF Hackathon Projects 2011-12-06 12:23:37 -0500

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