Tinder for politicians isn’t a terrible new Silicon Valley startup — it’s actually an exercise in editorial creativity. But will it work?
Nate Silver and his ilk have proven they can predict elections with high accuracy, so maybe it’s time to move on from focusing on the forecasts. I know Republicans will likely control Congress come January, but now I need to know what that means.
Facebook has come under fire before for manipulating the newsfeeds of its users without their knowledge, and now a Mother Jones report says the social network’s experiments may have significantly affected voter turnout in the 2012 elections
Upworthy is attracting attention for its headlines and its viral videos about gay marriage, women’s rights and other social causes. But the site’s real value may be its potential to help the Democrats maintain their lead in social media and big data.
The entertainment industry lost a number of key allies on Capitol Hill as a result of the election and the returns have scrambled the leadership of key committees in both the House and Senate at a time when a number of major IP and telecom issues are being teed up.
While technology played a starring role in this year’s presidential election, its real impact on governing will come when the digital tools being developed by the well-heeled presidential campaigns begin to filter down to the House and Senate level.
While social media has been a treasure trove for political operatives and analysts, the actual content of most social media chatter is really just another form of public opinion polling, from a non-random sample of the public.
The leading social media platforms’ latest campaign efforts could turn out to be more effective politically than traditional lobbying. Rather than acting simply as one voice among many asking for legislative favors or regulatory forbearance, YouTube, Twitter and Facebook are providing tools that politicians can use in ways that benefit them politically, such as tracking public opinion, targeting potential donors and providing a platform for exposure — three of the surest ways to a politician’s heart.
With the Republican National Convention set to begin next week, followed by the Democratic Convention a week later, digital media are getting ready for their moment in the political spotlight. While the major broadcast networks are sharply limiting their live coverage of the conventions this year, ABC, NBC, CBS and PBS will all be providing gavel-to-gavel coverage via live streaming. YouTube will also be live-streaming the conventions on its new dedicated Elections Hub channel. Meanwhile, Twitter has pre-arranged hashtags for the conventions ready to go (#RNC2012 and #DNC2012) and both parties will employ armies of tweeters, most likely to bombard the other side’s hashtag with a torrent of partisan sniping. And Facebook on Wednesday launched a new app to try to turn voting into a social activity. Let the arguing begin.
The Atlantic recently published an article on what politicans know about voters, complete with market research data that breaks down consumer preferences by poltical party and likely turnout on voting day. There are some strong associations that lack political explanations. I want to know why.