Twitter and other social media serve a useful purpose for spreading information (although as often as not, misinformation) and rallying the troops, but unless you are Donald Trump himself, they have little impact on your elected officials. Your Congressional Representative and Senators do not follow your social media accounts, so your posts are not reaching them.
In the time it takes you to read a dozen Twitter posts or write one yourself, you can send a message to your Congressional Representative or Senators that will actually have a chance of making a difference. Don’t get me wrong–your message is very unlikely to be seen by your Representative or Senators, but it may be added to the tallies kept by the staff on issues of interest to constituents, which are presumably presented to the boss in summary form.
It is easy to find contact information for your Senators and House Member.
For your House Member, go to http://www.house.gov/representatives/find/ and type in your ZIP code. You will be taken to a page for the ZIP code you entered. Look for the email link – – usually an envelope icon. Click the icon. The landing pages vary from one Representative to another, but you will likely see a form to fill out with your name, address, general issue, subject of your email, and then a box for your message.
For your Senators, go to https://www.senate.gov/senators/contact/ and select your state from the drop-down menu. The email links for your Senators will appear. (Save the addresses to your Contacts Address Book for continued use.) Click on each link in turn to send an email through the form that you will be connected to.
Think about your message or question in advance. Keep it short and to the point. Be respectful, even if it is hard. Ask for a personal response so your name will be placed in the constituent data base. Subscribe to the newsletter.
Send your Representative and Senators an email whenever you want to express your opinion or have a question about a legislative matter. With the address already in your Contacts List, it is only slightly more time consuming than emailing a friend or family member.