Friday, July 24, 2009
Personal Prerogative: Facebook Obsession!
Ok. I admit it. I am addicted to Facebook, and, apparently, I'm not the only one. From mayors to councillors to congresspersons, many pols are embracing social networking sites as unique ways to get in touch with their constituents and friends.
I wanted to see who on the City-County Council is embracing Facebook. So, I was bored Thursday night and started searching for Councillor names. Here's what I found.
DEFINITELY ON FACEBOOK
Jose Evans-District 1, Ryan Vaughn-District 3, Michael McQuillen-District 12, Brian Mahern-District 16, Dane Mahern-District 19, Susie Day-District 20, Benjamin Hunter-District 21, Jeff Cardwell-District 23, Mike Speedy-District 24, Lincoln Plowman-District 25, and Ed Coleman-At Large. It was impossible to determine if some like Joanne Sanders were on the site. Some, like President Bob Cockrum, were clearly not online. Mayor Ballard has a page.
After wasting an hour there, I decided to move up the food chain. Of course President Obama has been utilizing Facebook. He's joined by all nine Indiana Congressmen with only Andre Carson having a discernable personal page instead of a politician page. Both Evan Bayh and Richard Lugar are represented with politician pages, and Bayh has a personal page. Lugar's page has a link to a site that says he is running for re-election in 2012.
Governor Daniels has two and a half pages including a personal page and a politician page. He also has several folks urging him to run for President. There's some anti-Mitch sentiment too, including this interesting nugget. Lieutenant Governor Skillman has a personal page, a politician page, and, apparently, a fan club.
Other state officeholders on Facebook include Richard Mourdock, Todd Rokita, and Tony Bennett (who has linked his Twitter account with his Facebook account). I won't even go into the 100 potential members of the Indiana House and the 50 potential members of the Indiana Senate. I'm sure they're on there, too. Some are among my Facebook friends.
That's a lot to chew on. I guess it just goes to show how a social networking site that started as simply a way for college students to communicate has become a powerful tool for the politician to communicate with the masses. Oh the time I waste on Facebook. It's fun though.
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