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The future of Ameriqueer

Ameriqueer has been getting published regularly for less than 9 months now, but it has grown greatly. Ameriqueer now gets more than 50 hits a day, and some days has gotten hundred of hits from readers hungry for LGBT information.

The mission of Ameriqueer has changed as well. Ameriqueer began over a year ago as a way to isolate the happy LGBT stories on the web, but quickly began to evolve into something more.

Ameriqueer is trying to engage the American LGBT community and our allies in the stories most affecting us today, then compelling us and mobilizing us into action by helping to keep us informed. We want to study and capture the power of social media and mobile content to get LGBT people excited about the momentum of our movement, and to get up and get involved locally and nationally.

I've been tweeting from @Ameriqueer for some time now, after it became clear I needed something unique to tweet our stories from. @Ameriqueer now has more than 300 followers and gets its tweets retweeted 5-50 times a day depending on what is being said. @Ameriqueer does tweet links to posts, but is mostly used for retweeting important LGBT tweets from some of the top LGBT bloggers and journalists. I'd say that @Ameriqueer is probably the most successful tech project I've undertaken.

On that note I'm looking to launch a new Facebook page for Ameriqueer this fall, and also look into ways to better communicate and engage with folks through mobile technology. Before I undertake all of this on my own, I'm going to be looking for feedback--what works and what doesn't work--from all of YOU out there that follow Ameriqueer or are just coming across it now from a retweet or a link. Can you help me plan the best course of action for Ameriqueer's future?

Thanks for being a loyal reader, and as always, I welcome your thoughts, suggestions, feedback and contributions. I love the diversity of the voices of the people who I come into contact with, and I'm looking forward to growing and expanding Ameriqueer into something that helps do a lot of good in the LGBT community.



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