Election 2012

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Inside America’s First ‘Social Election’


Observers of the 2012 campaigns know that this cycle has been dubbed the first “social election,” with candidates up and down the ballot using social media to do everything from raise money to organize supporters. CQ Researcher published a thorough examination of social media’s role in 2012 politics in an article entitled, “Social Media and Politics,” which is located behind their pay wall. Here’s a look at some of the trends identified in the piece.

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Find Out How Many People With Your Name Have Already Voted

Vote Early

Voting is always important, and it is especially important in an election that is predicted to be as close as tomorrow’s Presidential election. In order to get the vote out and stress the importance of each and every individual showing up at the polls, the Obama campaign has launched a nifty little tool that shows you how many people with your first name have already voted.

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HootSuite Counts Down to Election Day with Launch of Dedicated Command Center


The debates are over, but the presidential elections are just getting started. Social media monitoring service HootSuite has set up a command center for the 2012 presidential elections that tracks the activities of both candidates, the company announced today. The 2012 Election Tracker gives viewers minute-to-minute updates on voter sentiment on Facebook and Twitter as the election unfolds.

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