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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
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 "
" 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'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.
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.
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RE: Let's be honest
11/14/2012 2:30:14 AM
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:
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
in the primary election, and a
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
11/14/2012 10:12:02 AM
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.
"I'd be pissed too, but you didn't have to go all Minority Report on his ass!" -- Jon Stewart on police raiding Gizmodo editor Jason Chen's home
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