Social Media Election


With new technology that is at your fingertips, you have much more political power than you may have realized. You ought to use it if you think the upcoming election is important.

In response to the fact that I had a previous post, Facebook Boosts Voter Turnout, I received an email about an interesting info-graphic.

I am part of a team of designers and researcher that put together an infographic showing how social media has affected elections in the past and how it will affect the US presidential election next month.


Here is the introduction that went along with the image Provided by: open-site.org.

Anyone with a Facebook or Twitter account has probably noticed an increase in the number of political postings over the past few years. This is due, in part, to the explosive rise in social media outlets and users. But voters are not the only people who use social media; among politicians, 9 out of 10 Senators and Representatives have Twitter accounts. However, many are starting to wonder if social media is becoming less a reporter of political races and more of a predictor of the results. In Senate races, the candidate with more Facebook friends than his or her opponent has won 81% of the time. And one email sent to 60 million Facebook users prompted an additional 340,000 people to vote in the 2010 election. This infographic illustrates just how politics and social media are affecting each other.


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