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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 FITCamaro on 11/13/2012 3:39:39 PM , Rating: 2
You don't need a degree to be smart enough and get the knowledge to do any of those things. You only need a degree because it's near impossible to even get considered for a job doing those things without one.

A buddy of mine did 23 years in the Air Force as an aircraft mechanic on all sorts of aircraft. But he couldn't get a job as a technical writer at Boeing working on the 787 program because he doesn't have an engineering degree. Now you tell me, who's more qualified for that job. Him, who has years of experience working with engines and writing said manuals anyway at his previous job for the C-17, or a college graduate with a degree fresh out of school?

RE: Let's be honest
By corduroygt on 11/13/2012 5:19:23 PM , Rating: 2
According to your Since the free market knows best, and Boeing is a private company, they either did the right thing, or made a big mistake which means your buddy should be snapped up by another company right away.

RE: Let's be honest
By FITCamaro on 11/13/2012 10:51:43 PM , Rating: 2
Because of the free market, they have to do what is necessary to whittle down the candidates. I didn't say it is a bad practice necessarily. It's just unfortunate for those who are highly skilled but don't have a degree. And how does him not getting a job at one place mean he'll instantly get a job elsewhere that would likely have the same requirement for the same type of job?

Not that your posts are exactly heavy on logic so I'll retract that question since it might confuse you.

RE: Let's be honest
By anactoraaron on 11/13/2012 5:33:01 PM , Rating: 2
OK. Valid point. But I would imagine he wasn't just thrown out on a hangar and told to use his common sense. I would bet he was heavily trained AKA EDUCATED on what he would be doing first.

Also please pretty please explain to me why the 4 republicans who drafted a bill that would help get vets re-certified (aka the jobs bill for vets or whatever it was called)for civilian jobs killed the bill just before the election. Was it just that they couldn't let something good happen on Obama's watch? Please explain that one to me. That bill would have put your buddy in a great position and would have eliminated the need for him to have any degree to get that job.

RE: Let's be honest
By FITCamaro on 11/13/2012 10:22:45 PM , Rating: 2
The House passed many such bills. The Senate refused to take any of them up.

RE: Let's be honest
By anactoraaron on 11/14/2012 9:57:24 AM , Rating: 2
for someone who was asking me to google things, all you have to do is google 'veterans jobs bill' and you will see headlines that read "Senate GOP blocks veterans jobs bill" numerous times. Still, you didn't answer me. WHY did the republicans, some of whom were in the senate, KILL the very bill THEY drafted??

No answer?? Right. It doesn't make any sense unless they killed it only so nothing good would have come from the Obama administration. That's really mature and shows you that NEITHER SIDE does what's best for America.

RE: Let's be honest
By FITCamaro on 11/14/2012 11:54:48 AM , Rating: 2
They killed it because just because something sounds all warm and fuzzy doesn't make it a good idea. It didn't do anything but potentially establish more never ending federal jobs. I feel for unemployed veterans but that doesn't mean we should just throw money in the wind and hope people catch it.

RE: Let's be honest
By anactoraaron on 11/14/2012 2:29:03 PM , Rating: 2
OK... then why did they create it to begin with?? They made this legislation only to decide it wasn't a good idea...

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