Elections 2.0: 10 Leading Socially Engaged Politicians
Elections have long-reaching consequences, and Election 2012 is no exception. Social media makes it almost inevitable that any given candidate’s online buzz will influence the result. At minimum, it will certainly influence the conversation both online and off as the election season heats up. That’s why we decided to look at politics through a social media lens this week—with the goal of finding those politicians best tapping into the “power of the people” online.
We started our research with the slate of known contenders for U.S. President, governorships, and more. Then we expanded our scope to include those politicians who were grabbing their fair share of the social media dialog, even if they weren’t in the running for office anymore. From there, we researched their social media activity using FanPageList.com and our own Sysomos MAP listening tool, and found the standouts. We felt like we had to mention the obvious candidates, but we also wanted to share some surprises with considerable international social media fanfare, as well. We know that the citizens will ultimately be the ones to decide in the voting booth, but for us, these political picks certainly are in the running as the most social media savvy politicos.