Impact of Social Media on Elections (INFOGRAPHIC)


How will social media impact this election? The folks at Open-Site know. It put together a graphic showing the impact of social media on the campaigns for the 2012 November presidential elections. It notes that the elected officials are well aware of the importance of staying plugged into their constituents via sites like Facebook and Twitter. Among politicians, 9 out of 10 Senators and Representatives have Twitter accounts.

Some are starting to wonder whether social media may become an accurate predictor or election outcomes.  In Senate races, the candidate with more Facebook friends than his or her opponent has won 81% of the time. And one email sent to 60 million Facebook users prompted an additional 340,000 people to vote in the 2010 election. This infographic illustrates just how politics and social media are affecting each other.

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