Facebook users took to the social network during the inauguration of President Barack Obama Monday, and the U.S. Politics on Facebook page shared some data on terms that trended throughout the day, with the largest spike going to national anthem singer Beyoncé.
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.
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.
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.
Can’t find that slip of paper telling you where to cast your vote tomorrow in the presidential election? Don’t worry, Facebook is here to help. An application on the U.S. Politics on Facebook page directs voters to their polling place, based on their address.
This is the season when Facebook users’ news feeds are filled with election-charged content. While the loudest voices are the ones most remembered, most of your other friends probably have political views that they aren’t expressing. Through MicroStrategy’s Wisdom application, users can see where their friends stand on the political spectrum.
This has been the most social election in history, and Facebook is at the center of it all. Fight for the Future, an Internet freedom advocacy group, is tapping into that power with Voting Blocks, a Facebook application that helps organizations encourage their supporters to spread the word about voting on issues.