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Obama Wants to Be Your Friend


Presidential candidates and their use of social networking sites

Presidential candidates and their use of social networking sites

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  • 1. “ Barack Obama Wants to be Your Friend” Presidents and Their Use of Social Networking Sites Leader: Gabriella Van den Heuvel Article By: Jessi Hempel
  • 2. 2008
  • 3.
    • 70% of the “Generation X” voters are on social networking sites
    • Obama is the only President to fully take advantage of Facebook’s possibilities
    • First time voters are educated about the candidates
  • 4.
    • Many Facebook groups allow the “Generation-X” voters to interact with the Presidential candidates
    • 500 pages!
  • 5.
    • Word of Mouth
    • A familiar everyday activity for many
  • 6. A side note…
    • No student group
    • The same picture for almost every group/page
    • No videos on Facebook page
    Do You Think This Affected the Presidential Results?
  • 7. What Do You Think?
    • “ Generation X” voters are known for their lack of voting. Do you think that by Presidential Candidates creating Facebook accounts, “Generation X” voters were more excited/willing to go out and vote in the 2008 election?
    • What specific Facebook features do you believe are the most effective?
    • Did you use Facebook to gather information about Obama and/or McCain?
  • 8. Works Cited
    • Hempel, Jessi. (2007). Obama Wants to Be Your Friend. Business Week Online, 7-7. Retrieved from Academic Search Complete.
    • Fisher, Patrick. (2008). The Age Gap: Evidence of a Realignment in U.S. Politics? Retrieved May 9 th , 2008, from All Academic Inc. Web Site: http://www.allacademic.com/meta/p_mla_apa_research_citation/2/3/8/5/1/pages238512-19.php
    • Photo: Google Images: “Obama, Facebook”
    • Photo: Facebook: Barack Obama
    • Photo: Facebook: John McCain