It’s a new year and a new U.S. Congress, and new and old members are taking to Facebook to share their photos and their thoughts commemorating the start of the 113th Congress.
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.
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.
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.
In Facebook’s first lobbying disclosure filing with the U.S. Senate since becoming a public company May 18, the social media platform showed no signs of letting up on investing in its political and policy reach to members of Congress, as well as federal agencies, as the Menlo Park, Calif.-based company continues to break its own records.
Not everyone was excited when Facebook acquired facial recognition software company Face.com. Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.), the radio host-turned-politician, called a hearing Wednesday to discuss issues regarding facial recognition. In particular, he didn’t care for Facebook’s opt-in by default setting and what it means for privacy.
Facebook filed its first quarter lobbying reports with the U.S. Senate today and the numbers indicate that the social site is on pace for another record year, spending $650,000 so far in 2012.
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.
The vendor iConstituent is rolling out a new tool that could help members of Congress enhance their Facebook presence and interactions with the people they represent.