Archive for August, 2008

Wikipedia Says McCain Will Pick Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as Vice President

Update: mass media now confirming. Signing off for the weekend — heading to a wedding.

Does Wikipedia know something we don’t? Check out the first few lines of the online encyclopedia’s entry on Alaska Governor Sarah Palin:

Sarah Heath Palin (born February 11, 1964) is the current Governor of Alaska, and a member of the Republican Party. She is the first female governor of Alaska, its youngest, and is the first governor born after Alaska achieved statehood. Brought to statewide attention because of her whistleblowing on ethical violations by state Republican Party leaders,[1] she won election in 2006 by first defeating the incumbent governor in the Republican primary, then a former Democratic Alaskan governor in the general election.


She is the Republican vice presidential candidate for the November 2008 election.
[emphasis added]

Hmmm, is somebody over there trying to tell us something? Or just testing text and accidentally letting it out in public? Thanks to NPR for the tip. BTW, nothing similar on Mitt Romney’s Wikipedia page, for what it’s worth.

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2 comments August 29th, 2008 Trackback Bookmark on del.icio.us

Wired News Picks Up on my Mark Warner Twitter Post

Ah, the ripple effect of online communications — during Mark Warner’s speech Tuesday night, I popped the following message out to Twitter, properly tagged #DNC08 so that the content aggregators could put it into the stream with all the other messages about the convention:

Diggin’ me some Mark Warner. Science! (poetry in motion)

Yes, Twitter is definitely a medium for serious reflections on the matters of the day, I tell you what — I mean, if you can’t say it in 140 characters, why say it at all? And Sarah Lia Stirland over at Wired News picked up on my post and several others and collected them as evidence of a strong response to Warner’s comments about science. Nice! Just doing my part to make the world just a little safer for geeks, nerds and other reason-lovers. While keeping the flame of Thomas Dolby alive for one more day….

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1 comment August 28th, 2008 Trackback Bookmark on del.icio.us

Online Social Networks in Politics: Promise, Frustration and…

This piece was written early in July for inclusion in the E-Voter Institute’s 7th Annual Survey of Political and Advocacy Communications Leaders and 3rd Annual Survey of Voter Expectations. Incorporated into Harnessing the Power of Social Networks: Campaign 2008 Taps into the Virtual Grid, one of three reports tied to the survey results, it’s reprinted here by permission of the Institute. More about the reports. Cross-posted on techPresident.

Online Social Networks in Politics: Promise, Frustration and…

July 6, 2008

Is 2008 the MySpace/Facebook election? You might think so from the political attention and resources invested in online social networks in the past year or so. The top presidential campaigns all amassed much-chronicled lists of hundreds of thousands of “friends” on MySpace and Facebook, and the Obama and McCain campaigns also invested in custom social networks for supporters early on (MyBarackObama has built to hundreds of thousands of members, while McCain’s equivalent never hit critical mass and died when his overall campaign first imploded in the middle of 2007).

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7 comments August 27th, 2008 Trackback Bookmark on del.icio.us

Quick Hits — August 26, 2008

In which we look through the results of a couple of weeks’ worth of email discussions, Google Alerts and suggestions from friends and readers, plus some random browsing.

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“Left Behind” Happy Hour Thursday @ The Reef

Are you stuck in DC, feeling just a little Left Behind by The Rapture in Denver? Too many of your friends partying, protesting, working or just hanging around at the Democratic National Convention? Fear not! Everyone else in town may have been invited into Heaven, but those of us Left Behind can enjoy the world and its pleasures right here at hand, while still viewing the Second Coming of the Democratic Party via razor-sharp television technology. It’s time for a:

“Left Behind” Happy Hour

  • Where: The Reef, main floor or roofdeck (your choice)
  • When: This Thursday, starting at 6 pm
  • What: Happy Hour, plus we can watch the Convention on the big tv on the main floor when it starts
  • What to Bring: Yourself + any others Left Behind
  • What to Expect: Excellent beers + happy hour prices, yummy sustainable/free-range/organic menu, live nude fish (on the main floor)

Hard to beat a spontaneous happy hour, folks. See y’all there! [Note: For the Facebook inclined, a Very Special link.]

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1 comment August 26th, 2008 Trackback Bookmark on del.icio.us

First Obama/Biden Online Ad Already Running

Read Scott Martin has already picked up on the first Obama/Biden online display ad, which started running on Time.com at 5 Eastern this morning — only two hours after the veep announcement went out over text. Read cheekily describes it as “toothy,” but hey, these guys are going into a week in which they’re likely to have a lot to smile about. Get ready for lots and lots and lots and lots of pictures like the ones below.

Obama/Biden

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Add comment August 23rd, 2008 Trackback Bookmark on del.icio.us

Obama Team’s Brutal Rapid Response to John McCain’s “Housing Crisis”

Want to see how rapid response works in a modern political setting? Take a look at this front-page article in today’s Post, because the Obama campaign’s reply to John McCain’s inability to remember how many houses he owns is a masterful example. Step 1: like the Boy Scouts, Be Prepared:

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Add comment August 22nd, 2008 Trackback Bookmark on del.icio.us

Obama Shows How to Get Two Million Donors

Q: How do you get two million people to donate to your campaign? A: Start with 1,999,999…. (Related joke: what’s the easiest way to get a small fortune? Start with a big one.). Seriously, last week the Obama campaign employed a classic fundraising strategy by picking a close and achievable goal and then pushing supporters to reach it. In this case, the campaign knew they would hit the two million donor mark very soon, and they used that big round number as a prod to get even more people both to donate and to match others’ contributions.

Using milestones to pry donations out of people is a tactic as old as dirt, but that takes nothing away from its effectiveness. Supporters will receive near-instant reinforcement in the form of a message announcing that the goal has been met and we’re all winners, etc. etc. Sure, it’s transparently manipulative in a salesman sort-of-way, but it works! Yet another reminder that very few online tactics are truly new.

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2 comments August 22nd, 2008 Trackback Bookmark on del.icio.us

Obama Wants ME to Know Who the V.P. Will Be

Yep, he wants me to know so much that he finally broke down my resistance and forced me to give him my cell number. Dammit! I hate falling for an obvious list-building ploy. Yes, the idea of alerting supporters at the same time as the media fits the “yes we can” message, and indeed it’s a great example of technology disintermediating the political system (who needs reporters when we can get the message directly from the campaign?). But it’s also a clever way to add names to an already impressive database, and one that has yielded a ton of “earned” (i.e., free) media coverage. For the umpteenth time this election cycle: nice work, Obamans.

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