Social Media Swaying Malaysia’s Elections

As Malaysia gets ready for their elections will the National Front Coalition (BN) be weakened again by social media? In 2008 the political tidal wave took away two thirds of parliament since gaining independence. Independent blogs and websites sweapt away the traditional political campaigning and 6 or 7 bloggers unkown to the BN gained a seat in parliament. The blog goes further into the subject of the election but what really gets me is the idea that you always here about social media being used around the world. With Egypt and other events it’s now becoming a crucial aspect in dealing with corrupt governments trying to silence their nations. It’s a new age and a new generation that’s growing.

Although this is just an event but the use of social media is the key factor in applying it to my own campaign and other endeavors. Knowing how to write towards my audience’s likes and having an educated understanding of what their dislikes are help to tailor the wants and needs they look for in my campaign. Putting up a message that you may like, without thinking of what others will think, can drastically harm the cause you may be fighting towards. Remember that it’s a new age where social media is the key component in elections today all around the world.



So Did Social Media ‘Predict’ the Election?

Did social media actually predict the outcome of the election? As Twitter saw it Obama was the clear winner. This wasn’t the complete truth but the outcome was still the same. Alex Fitzpatrick goes futher in the blog but really helps show how social media could change how people can show their own opinions and swing other peoples votes.

This kind of tactic was key in gaining support for the election. This is a great thing to implement into mine and anyone’s social media outlets. For my own use I’m setting up a Twitter account for my friends ski company. To gain followers and help bring in the dough it’s crucial to know how to form their Twitter account to people’s tastes. And if you can get feed back from their followers it could make or break a social media outlet.


Romney Facebook App Asks You to Message Friends for His Campaign

Is the next step in the presidential campaign for social media apps? A new app called “Commit to Mitt” uses Facebook’s Open Graph to help push views towards Romeny’s Facebook profiles and also add more vote effort to the upcoming elections for Mitt. The problem though lies with the privacy policy you need to agree with to add this new app. Even if you aren’t using the app yourself your friends agreeing to the policies lets the app view your information on groups, hometowns, likes, and more. Is this really alright? Or are we losing part of our privacy.

Although the idea of privacy loss is a concern this kind of tool could be a big help for campaigns dealing things other than elections and topics of that sort. To know what people have added and to know what their friends think can help better the strategy used in marketing towards their interests and moving away from topics they wouldn’t find as interesting or just plain old disagree on.


What’s in a “Like”?: Social Media and the Election

This article from The Seattle Times Carolyn Higgins talks about what really goes into a “like” in the battle between Obama and Romney in the election. Are people actually changing the minds of their peers or are they simply just stating opinions already in place? The use of social media for the election may not show in the polls but is extremely prevalent online. So as a word of warning later in the article Romney used a phrase “binders full of women.” Women in binders memes started showing up all over the place online. This all can help me with my own campaign with using social media to send out a message that means something. Not to just spit out random opinions of what I think and hope other people with agree with but to have real posts people with want read about.


Presidential Elections Test Facebook Friends

CNN blogger Chelsea Carter goes into the issues of stating political positions on social media networks at Tech section Not saying by any means that it’s wrong for someone to do that, but with the extreme amount of social media use it can get repetitive. Having to hear the same things over and over again about simply taking one side or another isn’t always the most popular of topics. The post goes into how friends can be torn apart through the opinions and ideas spread on outlets like Twitter and Facebook. Think about what you say before you say it since you never know who might be offended. Give your opinion but in a graceful and dignified way. Applying this to my own social media campaign I should make sure to not unknowingly spat out aggressive opinions without first thinking who may be offended. Although I can’t know what everyone is thinking it’s good to at least try and be aware of what one says.


Obama v. Romney: The Social Media Deathmatch

The use of social media is extremely apparent ever since the last presidential election. Obama knows that to win support from the younger crowd he needs to stay on his game with postings in all his social media outlets. Romney although trying his best just doesn’t seem to connect as well with the younger crowd. Although doing well there just seems to be a barrier for him. This is a lesson well learned for anyone using social media and to know that if you want to succeed in todays world with advertising and promotion of your cause, business, campaign, or any other reason social media like Facebook and Twitter are going to be the main source for it.


The Presidential Race & the Social Media Battle

Since the 2008 presidential election the use of social media in campaigning was incredible. Obama used Facebook and Twitter to help connect with the countries younger generation and gave the media sites his own flare. The real question is will that experience help him win the up coming presidential election? Mark Knight isn’t quite sure how things will turn out but the answer is soon to come for the nation.