November 17, 2011

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U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann must have taken at least some of our advice after DizzyTown rated and ranked the Facebook pages of the declared 3rd District congressional candidates.

On Thursday, November 17, Chuck will host a Facebook town hall meeting on his “government official” Facebook page (not his more popular unofficial “politician” page, where, curiously, his Likes outnumber those of his official page by almost 2-1).

Chuck is inviting all 700,000 Tennesseans he represents to log on and chime in with questions. “I am always looking for ways to stay connected with the great East Tennesseans I represent,” Chuck chirped in a news release.

Good move, Chuck, but Our Rep will not actually be live online to answer questions, it seems. Instead, he’ll post a video with replies to “some” of the questions at the end of the week, he says.

Here’s some more advice for your Social Media Tune-Up, Chuck:  

• You need to be live for the town hall. Cherry-picking the questions to fit your campaign rhetoric doesn’t strike us as “staying connected.” Responding live—without a net—will yield a more engaged audience and, perhaps, up your Like count.

• Combine your Facebook pages. Chuck has not one, but three Facebook pages and it’s darn confusing. Since our last visit, we’ve discovered Chuck’s “public figure” page. Together, Chuck could have a combined total of more than 4,000 Likes.

• Sound more human. This is a tough one, we know, but essential if you’re going to swing hard at Lady J and Young Weston. Your posts taste like cardboard and are obviously not the work of a bold, young Congressman.

• Consider upgrading your wardrobe and taming that hair! Photos such as the glorious portrait above taken by Ace Washingtonian Magazine photographer Chris Leaman are really not doing much for your image.

We hope you don’t think we’re picking on you, Chuck. Really, just trying to help!

Good luck with that town hall thing. We’ll be there!

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November 17, 2011

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