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Romney never fully conquered social media platform

When it comes to social networking, one cannot deny that reelected American President Barack Obama's campaign team thoroughly trumped Republican challenger Mitt Romney's team.  

Even a late push by Romney in Facebook "likes" was unable to close the gap, with the final count being nearly 3-to-1 in Obama's favor.  Mitt Romney can take pride in that analysts showed his smaller legion of fans to be more active in sharing content and liking his posts.

But as the President celebrates the title of "Most Popular Tweet in History", some of those same once-engaged Romney fans are abandoning their former Facebook friend.  Mitt Romney is seeing his social media stock rapidly sink.  A site called "Disappearing Romney" is tracking this trend real time -- updating how many fans his page has.

In the last 18 hours former Gov. Romney was losing nearly 1,000 supporters an hour, as each hour on average he was "unliked" by 982 former social media buddies.

Romney unliked
Romney's former fans are "unliking" him at a steady rate.
[Image Source: Disappearing Romney]

The former Massachusetts governor's Facebook effort was marred in the days leading up to the elections by allegations that some of his "likes" were due to some kind of glitch (or according to conspiracy theorists "hacking") on Facebook.  A number of people complained that their accounts mysteriously "liked" Romney and could not be changed.

Romney and Ryan sad
Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney and his VP candidate Paul Ryan lost the social media race, with Barack Obama receiving nearly 3 times as many likes. [Image Source: AP/HR]

Of course take the President's social media cachet with a grain of salt.  Social media's most active members tend to skew to a younger demographic, and the younger demographic also tends to be remarkably consistent at being inconsistent in terms of voting and political fundraising.

In elections that are often decided by narrow margins in battleground states, one must wonder if a candidate who loses the social media battle by such a wide margin will be able to win in future elections, as social media's influence grows by the year.

Sources: Disappearing Romney, CNN

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RE: Let's be honest
By SublimeSimplicity on 11/13/2012 12:49:16 PM , Rating: 2
I'm a registered republican. Almost half the country feared Obama, they didn't like Romney.

RE: Let's be honest
By Samus on 11/13/12, Rating: 0
RE: Let's be honest
By anactoraaron on 11/13/2012 1:50:08 PM , Rating: 2
One thing that has stood out to me about this loss is that Romney ran on how good of a governor he was in Massachusetts. He lost there by 20 points. He lost his home state of Michigan by no real surprise after saying that the auto industry should have gone through the bankruptcy process. Not going to get many votes from Detroit doing that.

What really surprised me was Wisconsin. Ryan is from Wisconsin which should be a right leaning state considering Scott Walker and the failed recall and what not... and Obama won there too. I really can't get over how they lost Wisconsin by 7 points.

I know we needed to balance the budget but it should never come at the cost of education. Cut that stupid pork like $2 million for june bug research and that stuff first!

RE: Let's be honest
By FITCamaro on 11/13/2012 2:34:00 PM , Rating: 2
GM and Chrysler did go through the bankruptcy process.

RE: Let's be honest
By anactoraaron on 11/13/12, Rating: 0
RE: Let's be honest
By FITCamaro on 11/13/12, Rating: 0
RE: Let's be honest
By anactoraaron on 11/13/2012 5:22:47 PM , Rating: 1
You drones sure have a short memory. The government stepped in to save the unions. Nothing more, nothing less.

And you other drones have a double standard way of thinking. So we can save the corporations but not the people? I thought corporations were people too? Shifting corporate debt to the consumer doesn't stimulate the economy, and when Detroit was bailed out cutting worker wages wasn't the right thing to do.

The only people who deserved a pay cut were the people who ran the company into the ground with the obscene pension plans. But yeah, the union needs to bend a bit on benefits and pensions, just not on wages. I do believe we in fact do need unions, but they are a bit too greedy these days.

There's a printing company that are non-union right now that's worked someone I know 12 hours a week for the last 23 days. Yeah unions, labor laws... regulations... we don't need those... "why doesn't he just report this?"
...what and get fired from his job??

RE: Let's be honest
By anactoraaron on 11/13/2012 5:54:01 PM , Rating: 2
**12 hours a day***
I'm doing a bit too much multi-tasking lol

RE: Let's be honest
By FITCamaro on 11/13/2012 10:05:01 PM , Rating: 1
Yes because the $75/hr in total compensation that people who press a button for a living is totally earned and justified when the engineers designing the damn cars aren't earning that.

I didn't want the government to step in at all. I'm merely telling you what Romney said since you idiots have Obama's lies in your thin skulls. I wanted GM to go through bankruptcy if it could, if it couldn't then it'd have been bought up and come back as a stronger company under new ownership. Now it just has the very people who helped create the mess in a position of power in the company and in a few decades be right back where it started. Broke.

RE: Let's be honest
By sgw2n5 on 11/14/2012 4:39:47 PM , Rating: 3
The butthurt is strong with this one...

RE: Let's be honest
By corduroygt on 11/13/2012 2:06:29 PM , Rating: 1
This is why he lost. People just didn't trust him. They trusted Obama over Romney. And that's pretty remarkable, because our President hasn't done a whole lot in four years. Infact most of the stuff he did, he did in his first 18 months.

Because that's when Democrats had control of the house. Republicans are always more interested in partisanship than doing what's best for America. That's why they held hostage the legislation that would help middle class americans unless the rich got the Bush tax cuts extended as well.
This election is a resounding defeat for republicans. When we appoint properly liberal SC judges and enact filibuster reform in the next 4 years, they'll be done. There's only so much gerrymandering they can do to keep control of the House when all the demographics are working against them.

RE: Let's be honest
By Ammohunt on 11/13/2012 3:22:01 PM , Rating: 2
last time i checked Harry Reids and Obama's idea of bi-partisanship is bend over and agree with everything we propose the word compromise isn't even in their vocabulary. This country cannot exist in any semblance of its prior glory under the boot of the Socialist party in power. What you and the rest of the leftists are creating in government is tantamount to a banana republic with a super rich ruling class and everyone else dirt poor.

Need proof? the ruling class and their friends are exempt from Obamacare while the rest of us are stuck with it. Debt = GDP and they want to spend more money in stimulus but first they have to raise the debt ceiling which means Debt > GDP throw tax increases on the wealth creators and watch that skyrocket!. They have taken away nearly all incentive to be successful capping success at <=$250K. Why would anyone work their ass off to pay taxes only to be forced to pay for those that that don't pay taxes and collect welfare? This is the fundamental problem with your large scale tribalism(Socialism).

The fact of the matter is that partisanship has expired the differences are too great; this is a fundamental disagreement in the future direction of our republic that eventually leads to violence confrontation(lets hope not). You in your bubble seem to think the first world is somehow immune to Economic depressions, social unrest, mass starvation..civil war. You are mistaken you and others like you have brought the potential of all of that upon us.

RE: Let's be honest
By MadMan007 on 11/13/2012 4:36:31 PM , Rating: 2

RE: Let's be honest
By Alexvrb on 11/14/2012 2:04:36 AM , Rating: 2
Samus I know you're a diehard liberal, but you made my BS detector explode. Really, he wanted to give the military trillions of dollars? He wanted to keep military spending at current levels. If Obama gets his way, military spending will drop by about a trillion. Thankfully there's a lot of resistance to that notion. He says we don't need as many soldiers... which is fine. But you're not cutting a trillion dollars out of grunt pay. That is going to require the military to murder a bunch of programs and make some damaging cuts. We've already got a lot of outdated platforms in need of replacement, oh well time to cut the budget so we can't even repair what we've got.

Romney was going to cut education? Another BS scare tactic. Just like how he was going to somehow outlaw abortion and put women back in the kitchen. Cut medicare? Ridiculous. Infrastructure - ROADS? WATER? Do you actually listen to yourself? Why do you honestly think he would immediately set about committing political suicide?

Maybe people "didn't trust him". But that's because they listened to nonsensical claims about all the things Romney was going to do. Meanwhile nobody gives a damn about the increasing debt burden we're prepping to dump all over the next generation. It was a big issue when Obama was running for office last time, but suddenly it's not so important. Wait, that's everything about that character named Barack. His backstory and everything he ran on were all written by other men. Dreams from his Imaginary Father and all that.

I don't trust Obama one bit. I've seen what he does when Congress says no. He just circumvents the whole system via executive order, EPA, "treaty", etc. ACTA anyone? Can't get SOPA/PIPA through Congress, just call it a treaty - the word has been redefined enough over the years to fit the need. Then he talks out of one side of his mouth about the 2nd Amendment, but preps to further slant the Supreme Court with more Activist "Judges" (politicians) who wipe their butts with the Constitution - the White House supplies them with toilet paper with the Constitution printed on it.

Yeah, Romney was far from flawless. But I'd even take less-than-desireable Romney over what we have now - a self-hating American. JFK knew who the enemy was and cared enough to talk about it. Obama doesn't care - he's willing to sacrifice an Embassy or two if it means he can sweep terrorism under the rug. Oh I'm sorry, that phrase is banned. Islamic extremists, spontaneous demonstration. Forgot the language memos.

RE: Let's be honest
By corduroygt on 11/14/2012 8:12:59 AM , Rating: 1
Samus I know you're a diehard liberal, but you made my BS detector explode. Really, he wanted to give the military trillions of dollars? He wanted to keep military spending at current levels.
Just like how he was going to somehow outlaw abortion and put women back in the kitchen.

When people ask "did the rape guy win?" and you reply "which one?" your party's definitely NOT for women's rights. (Both rape guys lost)

RE: Let's be honest
By Alexvrb on 11/15/2012 12:40:25 AM , Rating: 2
In the same debates that politifact is quoting, Romney said that he wanted to maintain current military spending levels. Obama was counting on the automatic reductions and other cuts for his "base line" military spending.

Regarding women's rights, what rights was Romney going to take away, again? How is free subsidized contraception a woman's right? Or a man's right for that matter. Buy your own damn condoms and birth control pills.

RE: Let's be honest
By corduroygt on 11/15/2012 9:25:39 AM , Rating: 2
In the same debates that politifact is quoting, Romney said that he wanted to maintain current military spending levels. Obama was counting on the automatic reductions and other cuts for his "base line" military spending.

Which is more than what the armed forces agreed to under Obama. Of course we will never know what Romney's economic plan was now, will we?

Regarding women's rights, what rights was Romney going to take away, again?

Overturning Roe vs. Wade, which thankfully will NEVER happen now, would let the backwater south states to take away a women's right to do what she wants with her body. "Just move to another state" is not a valid excuse like our resident moron FITCamaro says, it looks like you folk will have to move to a different country if you don't like our new direction...

RE: Let's be honest
By damianrobertjones on 11/14/2012 5:58:50 AM , Rating: 1
It's almost as if he was always going to fail

RE: Let's be honest
By inperfectdarkness on 11/14/2012 2:30:14 AM , Rating: 2
The country doesn't like anyone these two parties put forth. Presidential elections have been about the lesser of two evils since at least Clinton's 2nd term. The GOP should have easily won by a landslide--and they could have. But it would have required putting forward a candidate with progressive views including:

Pro-Homosexual Marriage

Obama handed the GOP a golden opportunity on a silver platter--and the GOP could barely manage to do better than the last time around (remember Palin? *Shudder*)

If you want to see REAL progress in US politics, let's have people vote for a party in the primary election, and a candidate in the secondary election (essentially the opposite of how it is now). Then, once Americans choose the Libertarian party by a landslide in the next election--only candidates who were already registered with the libertarian party can be put on the balot for the secondary election to choose the president. 2nd place in votes gets VEEP.

...Of course, I'm purely guessing about the Libertarians, though I suspect that that's who a lot of people would vote for if the party had more than a snowball's chance in hades.

RE: Let's be honest
By maugrimtr on 11/14/2012 10:12:02 AM , Rating: 1
It's going to continue to be the same old story. Take sensible conservative policies, add a dash of religious rhetoric that belongs in the Dark Ages, refer to Science being the Devil, pin all the evils on the world on Socialists, lose another Presidential Election...

Somebody needs to extract the sound policies from the hysterical bullshit that drives everyone Left.

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