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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 2:57:10 PM
To you the debt will never be repaid.
whoa whoa whoa.. I never said anything of the sort. Great way to engage in polarized conversation, stereotype one person's beliefs with what kind of person you think they are. Reminds me of why the Republican party cost Mitt Romney the election (there's just so many people who want
and they think Obama will give them
). That kind of attitude towards people tends to piss them off. If you piss off enough people by lumping them together to what you say their ideals are - regardless how they actually are or how they individually differ - it will undoubtedly cost your party votes. And just because someone is 'opposed' to your opinion on one matter doesn't then give you the right to say what 'they must obviously be thinking'. Nothing could be further from the truth in this discussion. I do in fact see an
to end affirmative action. Is it too hard for your brain to digest the concept that just because I think
to that dreaded 'liberal agenda' on this issue then 'I'm just one of those kind of people and this is how I
feel about it'?
It reminds me of that famous 47% comment. It's soooo much easier for simple people to lump a group of people together to focus your discontent at (a la liberals and conservatives) than separate them into individuals with different backgrounds with differing ideology. Why can't people be liberal about certain things and conservative about others? Why must one and only one ideal be the way to think about things?
In this case, there's only been a level playing field in education for realistically ONE generation (about 30 years or so), and that was with the help of affirmative action! Considering most white folks have had about 10 generations of preferential treatment when it comes to education there's still things that are needed to level the playing field to 'make up' for what was done to other folks in the past. Think about it... how many minority families that have lived here for the past 200 years can say 'My dad was a doctor, his dad was a doctor, and so on for X generations - that's right, NONE - but I'm sure that there's white folks that can say that! I'm not saying affirmative action should be around forever, but we shouldn't get rid of it right now just because a few black people have been able to be successful through education.
Couldn't help but notice you didn't respond to the Nascar comment. Nothing to say on that analogy then?
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