As the rhetoric around the “fiscal cliff” talks heat up in Washington, D.C., President Barack Obama and the Republican leadership in Congress are squaring off on Facebook to to tell their sides of the story. It’s not unlike the summer of 2011, when congressional leaders used Facebook and other social media channels to rally support for their sides during negotiations to raise the debt ceiling — and we know how well those talks went.
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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.
The 2012 election postmortems continue, and research published in Capitol Hill newspaper Politico indicates that congressional candidates with the social media mettle to engage their Facebook fan bases got much-needed bumps on Election Day.
Maybe a picture is worth 1,000 words: More creative and visual Facebook posts could be making the difference for one Democratic Utah congressman locked in a tight re-election bid. We’ll soon learn whether his Facebook efforts result in a win on Election Day. As part of our ongoing series examining how campaigns are using Facebook, we spoke to a representative with Rep. Jim Matheson’s campaign to win re-election in Utah’s Fourth Congressional District.
Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), who was announced as Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s running mate Saturday, is no stranger to Facebook, and the social network exploded with activity upon the revealing of the vice presidential nominee.
Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.) was named the winner of the 2012 Member Online All-Star Competition, scoring the most new friends on Facebook, and connections on Twitter and YouTube, during the three-week annual contest.
The Democratic Caucus in the U.S. House of Representatives launched its own version of an All-Star Game Monday, only it’s not baseball, but a three-week new media competition that pits members against each other in a race to add fans on Facebook, as well as Twitter followers and YouTube subscribers.
More than 50,000 Facebook likes, Twitter followers, and YouTube subscribers were garnered in the 2012 New Media Challenge, the third year of the friendly competition among GOP members of the U.S. House of Representatives.
The latest attempt to push through legislation aimed at protecting the passwords of Facebook users came in the form of The Password Protection Act of 2012, which was introduced in the Senate by Sens. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), with an identical companion bill brought to the House of Representatives by Reps. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and Ed Perlmutter (D-Colo.).
Members of the Senate and House of Representatives, several of whom have medical backgrounds, responded to Facebook’s announcement this morning of an initiative to promote organ donation with posts on the Congress on Facebook page.