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  • Social Media and the Government

    by Laura | July 12, 2010

    Social networking is about conversations, and it's a place to engage people. American politicians, companies, and the public are now online and participating in these conversations in ever-evolving ways.

    America just celebrated Independence Day, a reminder of the rhetoric from one Thomas Paine. Paine was a revolutionary intellectual and one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. His pamphlet, "Common Sense," was the most circulated piece of writing of its time and presented the American colonists with powerful arguments for independence from the British.

    Though published in 1776, the method of Paine's influence is still a modern phenomenon. The instant popularity of Paine's pamphlet as it was near instantaneously  circulated amongst the American colonists closely mirrors the way social media can spread ideas today.

    Paine's pamphlet was essentially a political blog, which now proliferate. Politicians are using social media because it's a way to engage people. Some tech-savvy politicians have even adopted the growing social platform FourSquare, a location-based social network that allows users to "check in" at locations. Consider Patrick Kennedy, a 27-year-old Democrat from Arkansas, and his campaign for Congress. Kennedy "checked in" when visiting constituencies, giving supporters the ability to stop by and meet with him.

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