I think that leveraging Social Networking tools for political activism or interpreting public opinion has enormous potential. I don’t believe that just because supporting a cause online is easier to do that it has less meaning than more traditional forms of getting your voice heard. That said, I don’t think that the methods have matured to fully capitalize on this potential. I like this quadrant chart, which separates different forms of activism by global/local level of participation, and by use of technology. After the break I share my opinions on the strengths of slacktivism, and its potential future in active protest.