Just in case you haven’t heard, there’s a presidential election coming up Nov. 6. And Internet freedom advocacy group Fight for the Future launched a Facebook application aimed at making sure people get to the polls.
Vote with Friends enables concerned Facebook users to:
- Learn whether their friends are registered to vote.
- Learn whether their friends have pledged to vote.
- Find out whether their friends have voted, either early or on Election Day.
Fight for the Future said the Vote with Friends app was largely funded by the Ford Foundation, and Co-Founder Tiffiniy Cheng added:
Now every individual can run their own powerful “get out the vote” effort. Users can not only elicit pledges to vote, but for the first time, they can hold their friends accountable. If you care about this election, this app will help you tell every friend you have, “Your vote matters. And if you don’t vote, everyone will know!”
The Internet is making it easier than ever before to do many things in our lives. Social media is better-equipped to implement the new science of voting than traditional methods typically employed by campaigns and other voting organizations. In an election where both presidential candidates have not completely inspired their base, Vote with Friends takes what works in real life to get out the vote — peer pressure from friends — and creates that social dynamic in the online world. Our mission is to help the Internet reach its potential as a vehicle for engagement, expression, creativity, and the free exchange of ideas. Protecting the Internet has not only become a top political issue — Internet users have also become a powerful political constituency. We’re harnessing this new energy and our power to use the Internet to fight for itself in order to demonstrate that we can get people to the polls. Showing how the Internet can be the great innovator and driving force behind our public institutions is part of Fight For the Future’s core purpose.
Readers: Do you think Vote with Friends is a good way to encourage friends to participate in the upcoming election, or a little bit pushy and intrusive?