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Tweeting about Energy Policy

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted February 19, 2010

EnergyTomorrow launched this blog about ten months ago with the goal of starting an online conversation about energy policy. We're always glad to hear from people who are passionate about the energy decisions being made in our nation, no matter whether they agree or disagree with us. This blog gives everyone the opportunity to express his or her views openly and transparently, examine the facts, and perhaps over time arrive at some conclusions that can help all of us move together toward a secure energy future.

The success of the EnergyTomorrow blog has encouraged API to build a presence on additional social media platforms including Twitter, YouTube, Facebook and Flickr. As some of you might know, we've been on Twitter for over a year now. We love the speed at which Twitter spreads news and ideas and the personal interactions we've had with everyone from regular folks concerned about gas prices to energy experts discussing the latest technologies.

But until today, our EnergyTomorrow hasn't adequately identified the individuals who are tweeting on API's behalf. Since it might seem awkward to carry on a conversation with a faceless, nameless "tweeter," we thought you'd like to know the people behind the tweets.

You're already familiar with one of them. Me. I currently use the account to share blog posts with our Twitter followers, but as time allows, I'm hoping to become more engaged during the next year--covering events live and talking with blog readers and other bloggers.

Someone you might be less familiar with is my colleague Jessica, who has been working behind the scenes as a media relations associate and new media advisor here at API, where she oversees content on several Web sites, including EnergyTomorrow.org. She's also been the primary "tweeter" for EnergyTomorrow, sharing important news updates and talking to interested Twitter users.

Now that you know us a little better, we're looking forward to learning more about you and your opinions on energy. So, please, join the conversation by tweeting us @energytomorrow with questions, thoughts and concerns about energy issues. We're looking forward to hearing from you.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Jane Van Ryan was formerly senior communications manager and new media advisor at the American Petroleum Institute (API), where she wrote blog posts and produced podcasts and videos. Before coming to API, Jane managed communications for a large science and engineering corporation, and for a top-tier research and engineering university. A few years ago, you might have seen her in your living room when she delivered the news on television. Jane officially retired from API in 2011 and now freelances as an independent communications consultant when not gardening at her farm in Virginia.