Archive for November, 2011

Government and social media week in review Nov 18th

Lots going on this week, but probably a slow week next week. Happy Thanksgiving!

Don’t forget to follow GovSM on Google+ and Facebook

  1. Pandora Opens Box of Targeted Political Advertising
  2. How many iPad apps does it take to make Congress more efficient? Turns out, the answer may be two.
  3. For politicians and elected officials, getting on Google+ is easy. Announcing Google+ Politics Guide
  4.  Welcome to @twitter, @TSA via @AdamS
  5. RT @digiphile: Unexpected. #gov20 RT @steverubel Tumblr spurs users to generate 87,834 phone calls to Congress in 1
  6. Facebook takes its hacker army to DC for a Congressional hackathon –
  7. NASA reaches 20,000 followers on Google+ faster than it did on Twitter and Facebook
  8. Facebook Aids Bid To Recall Wisconsin Governor –
  9. RT @digiphile: A @WhiteHouse epetition on #SOPA now has 20,173 signatures I’d love to see rate of increase today
  10. Team Bachmann’s Twitter fail How the Bachmann Campaign failed to get traction on twitter
  11. RT @AdamS: Old boss, meet the new boss: Welcome to @twitter, @SenLandrieu!
  12. How can govt leverage#socialmedia? Find out from @smburns, CEO of GovDelivery [VIDEO]
  13. GOP republican candidate Mitt Romney on Google+ hangout (virtual town hall style meeting) with Video!
  14. Council member, former Mayor @marionbarryjr joins
  15. RT @Joseph_Marks_#Whipcast app more promotion than #transparency #gov20
  16. Tampa Mayor on Quora – good writeup by @JordanRaynor
  17. Rep. McCarthy promotes his new app, ‘Whip Cast’ – The Hill’s Video: via @JaredRizzi
  18. Why Americans use social media | Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life via @acarvin
  19. BLACKBERRY HILL: iPhones, Droids allowed on Capitol Hill, but few use them. Here’s why:
  20. Twitter Can Predict Who’s Winning the GOP Presidential Race [STUDY] –
  21. Newly updated House Committees page, dozens of new social media links.
  22. Government Agencies Go Google+ — InformationWeek
  23. FEMA Director Craig Fugate is on twitter, @CraigatFEMA, and google+
  24. RT @katieharbath: All Facebook: How Facebook Moved The Outcome Of An Ohio Election –
  25. RT @TweetWatch#Twitter is the real-time#spinroom of the 2012 presidential

Week in review, brought to you by the number 11

Lots of goings on in the social media and government world. I also started adding Congressional Google + links to where I can find them. Please email with any I don’t have listed yet. And be sure to follow GovSM on facebook and on Google+

  1. US Politics on Facebook – 2012 campaigns go social via @katieharbath
  2. RT @AmbassadorRice#FF: Serving with courage & distinction: @USArmy, @USMC, @USNavy, @usairforce, @uscoastguard
  3. The power of Twitter, especially when you’re arrested by the KGB:
  4. RT @SenJeffMerkley: Tuesday, I will host a Twitter town hall to discuss what we can do to create (cont)
  5. RT @PeterHambyCNN: Amazing stat: Perry’s “Oops” moment was the most viewed video on YouTube in the US this morning
  6. Dem Marjoity Leader @NancyPelosi joins @foursquare, visits their offices and adds SF location tips
  7. @ChicagosMayor joins Google+
  8. Beware, tweeting lobbyists: You’re being
  9. Bittersweet End: GovTwit directory turns three, but forced to shut down
  10.  95% of all teens ages 12-17 are now online, and 80% of those online teens use social media sites.
  11. RT @PeterHambyCNN: D.C. Council Chairman Kwame Brown says he wants “10,000 tweeter friends” for new statehood
  12. Fox News to use Google+ Hangouts for GOP candidate interviews:
  13. Join me for a Twitter Town Hall on Nov 14. Start asking questions today
  14. Added a few new social media studies to the website including from CMF and Kennedy
  15. #Twitter hires @mindyfinn in political push:
  16. RT @digiphile: .@NASA leads the way on social media in gov again…they’re now on @google+:
  17. Rep. Amodei tweets for the first time as congressman
  18. Not sure how long it’s been up, but just noticed that the @StateDept has a really nice @tumblr
  19. Boehner uses promoted tweets to target White House – The Hill’s Twitter Room:
  20. RT @NDN_NPI: Join us: Nov.15 to discuss Social Media & Advocacy w/ @adamconner (@facebook

Herman Cain’s Klout and his Chances at Winning the GOP Nomination

I recently updated the Klout scores for all the Presidential candidates on GovSM. Interestingly, despite the recent sexual harassment accusations, Herman Cain’s Klout score has continued to rise. Over the past month he has added nearly 4 points to his score (and continued to gain during the accusations) while other leading candidate scores have remained relatively flat (President Obama, Romney, Perry).

The entire issue of whether Klout scores provide any value has been debated for a long time. For me, the score numbers themselves are meaningless. As is most of the information gathered about a single user in a vacuum. However, I think there is some valuable information that can be gathered by comparing Klout scores of social media accounts from users in similar fields, such as athletes or authors. In this case, I think Klout can be very useful in comparing candidates for President.

By following political social media accounts and their statistical breakdowns over time, we can glean some useful information. Namely, that the odds of Cain’s messages being shared has not changed, rather his total number of followers has grown (by the thousands). As an increasing number of the public becomes familiar with Cain (for whatever reason), he is attracting social media followers. And those followers are sharing and responding to his messages to an equal rate as before. Which means that not many are following him to watch him implode – he is attracting new and curious GOP voters.

With Gallup’s newest polling (polled during the sexual harassment accusation) showing Cain gaining in the horse-race polls and tied with Romney, I think Cain’s follower count and Klout score track very well with his popularity increase in the polls. What will be interesting to see after the GOP primary and 2012 election is whether social media statistics and derived scores can be a useful predictor of future electoral success.

(For the record, at the time of this writing, Intrade is only giving Cain a 4% chance of winning the nomination).

Week in review Nov 4th

Very busy week in politics and social media

  1. Dept. of Homeland Security looks to monitor social media
  2. CIA monitors Facebook, Twitter: Five million tweets a day
  3. Facebook surveillance claims first campaign victim
  4. In Social Media and Politics, Engagement and Influence Trumps Follower Count
  5. How Presidential Candidates should use Social Media
  6. Boehner invites supporters to join ‘Team Boehner’
  7. Citizen 2.0 white paper highlights 17 examples of gov social media innovation
  8. Smart ways to use Social to leverage your Political
  9. Government 2.0: How Mayor Emanuel Is Using Social Media to Engage Chicagoans:
  10. New @whitehouse@wethepeople Twitter account related to petitions by the public. h/t @digiphile
  11. RT @patbell: RT @cathymcmorris: Please join me in welcoming my colleague and friend @NatResources Chairman @DocHastings to @twitter!
  12. How the Hashtag Became a Campaign Battleground – The Atlantic
  13. There’s potential in #Chicago politicians using Twitter, experts say.
  14. RT @nclarkjudd: MT @BuddyRoemer: For somebody shut out of debates, Twitter has been my primary stage to get message out.
  15. RT @antheawatson: Obama 2012 campaign manager @Messina2012 has hit the twitterverse. Welcome boss.
  16. Years ago politicians went to the market to engage citizens now they must go online @facebook‘s LordAllan
  17. RT @ryanbeckwith: Rep. Patrick McHenry has a Facebook ad up now too.
  18. Want to run for President? You better start Tweeting.
  19. Why Congressional Websites Matter
  20. Stat of the day: 88% of social media users are registered voters
  21. Twitterology: A New Science?:
  22. 2012 Presidential Candidates Have Widely Different Levels Of Engagement On
  23. Rep. @boblatta believes that the Founding Fathers would be “very happy with where we are today” thanks to social media.
  24. Rep. Waters gives floor speech composed by social media followers upset over the
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