Facebook is maximizing its Election 2012 resources on Election Day Tuesday, and users can get a sense of what voters are talking about on the U.S. Politics on Facebook page. Not surprisingly, the first release of Election Day data from the Facebook Talk Meter finds that the word “election” is dominating news feeds, followed closely by “Obama,” then “Romney,” with men scoring higher than women on the 10-point scale.
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Why should Election Day be exempt from Facebook shenanigans? Sophos’ Naked Security blog reported that a message with incorrect information about how to properly vote in voting booths went viral on the social network Tuesday.
Celebrities from Lady Gaga to Sarah Palin and Tyra Banks are taking to Facebook urging their fans to vote ahead of Election Day. That’s just some of the Facebook fodder political junkies can chew on before the first vote is cast Tuesday morning.
The debates are over. The rallies are coming to a close. The presidential candidates are getting hoarse. Now that the election is almost over, Socialbakers answers the question: “Who won the war of words” on Facebook?
Can’t find that slip of paper telling you where to cast your vote tomorrow in the presidential election? Don’t worry, Facebook is here to help. An application on the U.S. Politics on Facebook page directs voters to their polling place, based on their address.
The latest example of Facebook users boasting about crimes they committed involves the 2012 presidential election, as a blog called Barracuda Brigade preserved an image of a since-deleted Facebook comment by a North Carolina man who claimed to have already voted for President Barack Obama four times, with a fifth on the way.
This is the season when Facebook users’ news feeds are filled with election-charged content. While the loudest voices are the ones most remembered, most of your other friends probably have political views that they aren’t expressing. Through MicroStrategy’s Wisdom application, users can see where their friends stand on the political spectrum.
This has been the most social election in history, and Facebook is at the center of it all. Fight for the Future, an Internet freedom advocacy group, is tapping into that power with Voting Blocks, a Facebook application that helps organizations encourage their supporters to spread the word about voting on issues.