by Nikki Schwab
The goals of the RightOnline conference were simple: train more conservatives to "take control of the Internet" and steal some media coverage from the Netroots Nation progressive bloggers convention being held across the Monongahela River.
These recent dueling political gatherings drew activists and bloggers here and offered a glimpse into how conservatives and liberals planned to use the web next to promote their policies and politics.
After the 2008 election, the right had some catching up to do.
"The reason why our side wasn't doing well online was we didn't prioritize it," says
Still, some argue that conservatives aren't that far behind.
"Twitter has been the most instrumental tool for conservatives socially organizing," says conservative author and blogger
And while Malkin points out that most of the Web-savvy conservatives live outside the beltway, Republicans in
Those attending Netroots Nation were already familiar with the technology and know
For progressives, the next step is figuring out what strategies online and offline work best when trying to promote their issues. They discussed how best to engage
And while some progressives aren't worried about the
"The trouble with the right's attempts to improve online activism is that they are, by nature, a top- down organization," says
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