Social Media and the Election

Interesting graphic on how social media plays a role in our elections. Thanks to
Sarah Wenger at Open-Site.org for the graphic.

Social Media Election 10/11/2012

Do you find yourself using social media to spread your political thoughts and ideas? Mountain Sage Blog has both Facebook and Twitter accounts.

Anyone with a Facebook or Twitter account has probably noticed an increase in the number of political postings over the past few years. This is due, in part, to the explosive rise in social media outlets and users. But voters are not the only people who use social media; among politicians, 9 out of 10 Senators and Representatives have Twitter accounts. However, many are starting to wonder if social media is becoming less a reporter of political races and more of a predictor of the results. In Senate races, the candidate with more Facebook friends than his or her opponent has won 81% of the time. And one email sent to 60 million Facebook users prompted an additional 340,000 people to vote in the 2010 election. This infographic illustrates just how politics and social media are affecting each other.

Social Media Election

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One Response to Social Media and the Election

  1. Wizcon says:

    In the early days of twitter I saw an article explaining how many folks 1 tweet could reach. Politicians and their minions were already glomming onto it with the spammy stuff like birther comments etc. I vaguely remember setting up an account but never use it. It bothers me to see folks referring to their hands all the time. I wonder what, if anything, are they thinking. But then I don’t wear headphones when hiking and biking either. No one knows how to live in the moment anymore.

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