Is there a better reason to break a period of Facebook silence than wishing a friend and colleague a happy birthday? Former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney took to the social network Tuesday to acknowledge the 43rd birthday of his running mate, Paul Ryan, marking Romney’s first post of 2013 and just his third since Nov. 7, the day after Election Day.
With 2012 drawing to a close, Wednesday was year in review time at Facebook, as the social network released its 2012 Year in Review, as well as instructions for its users to create their own year in review posts.
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.
Facebook’s Data Science team parsed the 9 million users they say clicked on the I’m Voting application, offering a glimpse into not just who was voting, but sharing, commenting, and liking across Facebook Nov. 6.
What happens to candidates’ Facebook pages after an election? It’s a question no one has really had to address before, but prior to the 2012 election, more than 110,000 political Facebook pages were created, including more than 11,000 for candidates, so it’s hard to ignore. The Washington Post first picked up on the drop in Mitt Romney‘s Facebook fans Friday, when the GOP presidential nominee’s page was hemorrhaging 593 likes per hour.
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.
The debates are over. The rallies are coming to a close. The presidential candidates are getting hoarse. Now that the election is almost over, Socialbakers answers the question: “Who won the war of words” on Facebook?
Unless you have your head in the sand, you know that Election Day is right around the corner — Nov. 6 to be exact. And as we close in on the end of what’s been dubbed the first social election, Facebook continues to prove that it’s more than just a place to tag friends in photos or share updates about family. The social network is a tool used in the presidential campaigns’ get out the vote efforts, known as GOTV to politicos.
The Mitt Romney campaign used the occasion of the third and final presidential debate Monday to launch Facebook application Commit to Mitt, which is aimed at encouraging Romney supporters on the social network to promote the Republican challenger to their friends.
The only debate between Vice President Joe Biden and Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan was a substantive and spirited affair, with supporters on Facebook weighing in on everything from taxes to abortion and from Iran to Libya.