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.
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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.
Efforts by Congress to block employers from requiring employees or potential employees to surrender their passwords for Facebook and other social networks hit a stumbling block Wednesday, when a Facebook user protection amendment submitted by Rep. Ed Perlmutter (D-Colo.) did not pass the House of Representatives.
Greg Maurer will join Facebook’s office in Washington, D.C., as director of public policy, and Susan Gonzales, who has been working as a full-time consultant for the social network since August, took on the title of head of community engagement.
Six U.S. senators, 20 members of the U.S. House of Representatives and two congressional committees unveiled timelines on their Facebook pages today, clearly voting in the affirmative for the new feature.
Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives are competing for the title of MVP based on their use of Facebook and other social media channels.
Here’s an interview with a social media strategist for Republican Congressman Gregg Harper of Mississippi.