Two of the most popular topics in 2012 were the Summer Olympic Games in London and the U.S. presidential election. People on Facebook talked about both quite a bit, so it’s not shocking that U.S. swimmer Michael Phelps’ biggest sponsor (Subway) and Fox News were among the most popular Facebook pages of 2012, according to a study by the Track Social Blog.
Reports indicate that former presidential candidate Mitt Romney is experiencing “sustained boredom” following his loss Nov. 6. But the real question is: Will the government let him keep his nearly 12 million Facebook friends to comfort him in his loss? The Facebook pages of both Romney and his running mate, Paul Ryan, have been largely silent since Election Day, except for a sweet photo of Romney hugging his wife, Ann, that was shared in a Thanksgiving Day post.
The men and women of the U.S. Congress may know government affairs, the economy, and public policy, but they might not be well-versed in Facebook. The social network is here to help, offering tips for the newest members of Congress looking to get started on Facebook. Even if you don’t hold office in Washington, D.C., there are some helpful hints.
At the start of Election Day, Facebook pointed out that users will gradually see a prompt at the top of their page (and as a notification on their mobile app) to declare that they’ve voted and motivate friends to do the same. However, many users noticed that the prompt seemed to be timed to follow moments of inactivity, presumably following a user’s journey to the polls.
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.
As Election Day comes closer, you’re likely seeing political ads everywhere you turn — on front lawns, in newspapers, and on television. You’re likely also seeing them on Facebook, and not just for President Barack Obama and Gov. Mitt Romney. Two researchers studied the Facebook ads placed by a candidate running for a state legislature position, seeing if they helped his name recognition or likeability. Unfortunately, in this case, the Facebook ads barely moved the needle for the candidate.
Just in case you haven’t heard, there’s a presidential election coming up Nov. 6. And Internet freedom advocacy group Fight for the Future launched a Facebook application aimed at making sure people get to the polls.
While the phrase “binders full of women” took off on Facebook Tuesday night during the second presidential debate in Long Island, N.Y., there was another fight brewing on the social network over dueling search term mentions, with Romney, Obama, and women garnering the top three spots, according to data posted on the U.S. Politics on Facebook page.
The debates between President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney have become increasingly popular on Facebook (just ask Big Bird). After Romney answered a question during Tuesday night’s debate regarding equality for women in the workplace, the phrase, “binders full of women,” was all over the social network, even spawning a page that already has nearly 300,000 likes.