Politics and Social Media

Posted on October 10, 2016 by

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Politics and Social Media

 Politics and Social Media – Friend or Foe?

Politics. It’s filling up the social media channels. From Tweets about the political debates to YouTube videos of speeches, the numerous studies showing the overwhelming connection between social media use and civic engagement have every candidate posting online.

Even local politicians like Baltimore’s former Mayor Sheila Dixon are using social media to encourage voters to support them on election day. Dixon took to Facebook with the hashtags #DixonForMayor2016 and #WriteHerIn in order to support her write-in campaign.

In addition to the candidates, political supporters, social media trolls, and even your friends and family members are all talking about politics on social media. These days many of the worst social media trolls are not even humans, but “bots,” automated software applications designed to post inflammatory comments or to spread racist or other hateful thoughts and language.

According to a survey of 3,760 U.S. adults by the Pew Research Center, 35 percent of people 18 to 29 years old say social media is the most helpful source of information on the 2016 presidential election. What do you think…share your thoughts during Wednesday’s #SMChat. Here’s what we’ll be discussing:

  1. According to William Arruda’s Forbes article, social media is vital to becoming president of the US. Do you agree?
  2. Who is the most annoying about politics on social media – the candidates, the media, friends/family, or someone else?
  3. Is anyone doing it right? Tell us your favorite political social media post or profile.
  4. Have you seen political ads online? Do you expect them to increase the way they do on TV, etc. as the elections get closer?
  5. What personal branding tips would you give to the candidates or have you learned from them?

Join us Wednesday, October 12, 2016, at 1P ET to discuss these questions and more! Can’t join us on Wednesday or have a different question to have answered? Please leave a comment below – we’d love to hear from you!

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