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.
Tuesday marks exactly four weeks until Election Day, and politics junkies on Facebook are taking to the social network to share and comment on the latest news and talk up Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama.
Some of the premier journalists of the 2012 election cycle joined CNN Political Director Mark Preston for a Facebook Politics Live panel discussing the role that Facebook and other social media channels play in their coverage. The journos were part of a series of live-streamed interviews and discussions from the University of Denver’s DebateFest held before Wednesday night’s first presidential debate between President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney.
With Election Day only 40 days away in a cycle that’s been dubbed the first “social” election, campaigns are working overtime to gain an advantage on Facebook in order to motivate supporters and get out the vote.
In the 24 hours since the video of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney at a Florida fundraiser went public, Facebook and social media channels have lit up with feedback about the “47 percent” Romney seems to dismiss.
We recently profiled the race of Republican U.S. Senate candidate Ted Cruz in Texas, whose Facebook strategy helped earn him a win in that state’s primary last month. We thought we’d take a look at another grassroots campaign leveraging the social network, this one in Missouri’s large seventh congressional district, featuring political neophyte and Democratic challenger Jim Evans pitted against incumbent GOP Rep. Billy Long.
Facebook and social media played a pivotal role in the outcomes of several U.S. Senate primaries this summer. A new case study broke down just how the social network propelled one tea party candidate in Texas from a virtual unknown to a political insider.