From cat videos to “The Harlem Shake,” the 2012 social election is all but a distant memory, as Republican candidates are taking to Facebook in new and creative ways to stay one step ahead of the competition in the 2014 cycle.
Facebook’s political-action committee, fbPAC, continued to hit its like button more for Republicans than Democrats in 2012, as CNNMoney reported that GOP politicians raked in $140,000 from the social network through September, compared with $127,000 for Democrats.
Presidential politics dominated the buzz on Facebook over two weeks that featured political conventions, a major hurricane, the start of the National Football League season, and key events from the world of pop culture.
Last week, AllFacebook looked at the reaction on Facebook to Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney‘s acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla. As a follow-up, we tracked public posts on Facebook when President Barack Obama had his turn Thursday night in Charlotte, N.C., at the Democratic National Convention.
Facebook’s open graph became a part of President Barack Obama’s campaign platform Thursday, as the incumbent’s campaign launched the Obama 2012 Facebook application (o users of the social network can share the fact that they are watching Thursday night’s acceptance speech.
President Barack Obama may be the focus of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., this week, but it was ex-President Bill Clinton who stole the show with his rousing nomination speech Wednesday night, not only propelling him to the top of the list of political mentions on Facebook for the day, but even topping the National Football League’s season opener, in which the Dallas Cowboys knocked off the defending Super Bowl champions and host New York Giants.
Mentions of President Barack Obama on Facebook bested those of Republican challenger Mitt Romney by almost a two-to-one margin during the two weeks of the presidential nominating conventions that come to a close Thursday night.
Play clean or play dirty? That’s the choice game players will face if they mount their own bids for elected office in politically themed Facebook game Campaign Story, which debuted Thursday from Raleigh, N.C.-based developer FiveOneNine Games.
With the 2012 presidential election approaching Nov. 6, Facebook outlined its plans for the 2012 Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., Aug. 27-30, and the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., Sept. 4-6.