Political Marketing and Barack Obama

Political Marketing in the Real World Barack Obama, perhaps more than any other candidate of late, has truly mastered the utilization of both digital and conventional political marketing outlets to reach a wide audience and keep his supporters energized. Putting aside any political leanings for the moment, the Democratic political marketing machine, with Barack Obama at […]

Obama’s Birth Certificate: New Conspiracy Theories

It has been a rough week for the Birthers.  After 2 and 1/2 years of demands that President Barack Obama release his long-form birth certificate to prove that he is, in fact, an American citizen qualified to serve as Commander-in-Chief … Continue reading →

Lady Gaga Beats Obama to 10 Million Facebook Fans

Lady Gaga is the first living music artist to acquire 10 million fans or “Likes” on Facebook, beating U.S. President Barack Obama by around 700,000. She reached the milestone earlier this weekend. Gaga previously made…

The 20 Most Popular Twitter Users, According to the “Accept” Bug

If the “accept” bug we encountered this week taught us anything about Twitter, it showed us who users are most desperate to have follow them back. As a refresher, yesterday’s bug allowed users to tweet, for example, “accept mashable.” This would then make the account @mashable automatically follow the user who sent out that tweet. […]

Minnesota’s Governor to Hold Town Hall via Facebook

The governor of Minnesota, Tim Pawlenty, has found a novel use for Facebook: conducting town hall meetings. On Wednesday, March 31, at 7:15 p.m. ET, the governor will use his Facebook Fan Page to make a major announcement and to gather feedback from his fans on “helping Republicans win the 2010 elections.” Facebook’s been a […]

Tweets Calling for Obama’s Assassination Prompt Secret Service Investigation

Two Twitter users are learning the hard way that threats against the President of the United States are taken very seriously, even when they’re just a tweet. Following last night’s passage of the healthcare reform bill, @THHEE_JAY and @Solly_Forrel expressed their frustration with the President by publishing tweets reading “ASSASSINATION! America, we survived the Assassinations […]

Funny Or Die Outtake Reunites SNL’s George W. and Bush Sr. [VIDEO]

An extended outtake sequence from director Ron Howard’s “Funny or Die’s Presidential Reunion” featuring Will Ferrell as George W. Bush and Dana Carvey as George Bush Sr. is making the rounds on the Internet. The original clip has attracted almost three million views. This new outtake clip is an extended conversation (two minutes and 35 […]

Are there any examples of a government department successfully using social media?

By social media, I mean things like Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, Youtube, blogs, and Wikipedia. Any country or level of government is okay. I’m doing a presentation and need some examples. Thanks. Obama is an interesting example, but I’m thinking more along the lines of a department, rather than a specific individual or politician. The president […]