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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 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...

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