The Facebook Data Science Team conducted a detailed analysis of candidates for governor, the House of Representatives and the Senate in next month’s midterm elections, examining some 150,000 posts that have generated around 20 million likes, comments and shares.
The government may be shut down, but Facebook is still up and running, to the tune of more than 45 million interactions related to the issue this week, from more than 17 million users.
NBC News used Facebook’s recently introduced keyword insights application-programming interface to examine the use of the #DearCongress hashtag it launched Tuesday in the wake of the government shutdown, and it found that women were talking about the event nearly three times more than men were (74 percent to 26 percent).
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.
The Republican National Committee tapped Facebook’s ranks in its search to fill its newly created chief technology officer position, announcing the hiring of Andy Barkett, an engineering manager at the social network.
Facebook is becoming an important fundraising stop for politicians, with Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), a potential GOP presidential candidate in 2016, launching his tour through Silicon Valley with a scheduled stop at the social network’s headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif., Thursday.
Facebook Page Admins Claim Selective Enforcement, Yet Continue To Post Content That Violates Terms Of Service
There are two sides to every story. Take, for example, the story of page administrators for Facebook page Barracuda Brigade for Our American Girl! 2012, a fan community for former Alaska Gov. and vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin, who claimed in a story on Examiner.com Sunday that they were being unfairly punished by the social network, while posts that clearly violate Facebook’s terms of service were still appearing on the page at the time of this post Monday afternoon.
The winners and losers aren’t yet known in the 2012 Presidential Election, but that hasn’t stopped one publication from taking an in-depth look at the candidates’ use of Facebook and many other social media platforms. CQ Researcher recently published a thorough report on this topic, “Social Media and Politics: Do Facebook and Twitter Influence Voters?”
In the waning days of the 2012 presidential campaign, the content President Barack Obama and Republican nominee Mitt Romney post to Facebook reflects their closing arguments to voters and the demographic each candidate is trying to reach.
“Where do you see yourself in four years?” That’s the question posed in the first Facebook application for the Ending Spending Action Fund, which pulls Facebook users’ photos to become part of the video, called “The Ad About You.” The final product can be shared across Facebook and other social media channels to demonstrate support for Mitt Romney with friends and followers.