|Democratic Candidates||Republican Candidates|
|Barack Obama||61663||Ron Paul||3718|
|Hillary Clinton||27981||Mitt Romney||2083|
|John Edwards||12256||Rudy Giuliani||1379|
|Dennis Kucinich||2627||Tom Tancredo||1158|
|Bill Richardson||1403||Sam Brownback||832|
|Joseph Biden||622||Mike Huckabee||629|
Friday, February 16, 2007
"From time to time, our team here will be hitting the streets to hear what you have to say about Barack Obama and this campaign. We feel that the best person to narrate this campaign is you.
Click Here for the first Installment"
This is the kind of video I would like to see on a weekly basis from the Candidates. Good Job Team Obama! Now if you could only get rid of that horrible brightcove video service and just play the videos off YouTube, Google Video, etc
The new John McCain launched today and here is what TechPresident had to say about it. Link
Here is what I thought:
The site seems to be a mix of HillaryClinton.com and BarackObama.com. It has the lets talk now virtual townhall of Hillary with the MyBarackObama Myspace-ish site.
The site design is very clean, a bit to polished and the color scheme reminds me of the Mercedes website. I like that there are plenty of videos, but no way to share them. I might have missed it but I didnt see any code to paste any of the videos on a website.
As for the McCainSpace, it's too long of a process to sign up. I signed up an hour ago but still haven't recieved an email letting me know I can log on.
Overall it's not bad. It could be worse
Thursday, February 15, 2007
Traffic Rank for BarackObama.com 22,153
Traffic Rank for HillaryClinton.com 24,217
Traffic Rank for JohnEdwards.com 53,758
Traffic Rank for ExploreMccain.com 198,447
Traffic Rank for MittRomney.com 251,405
Traffic Rank for JoinRudy2008.com 257,732
How the Republicans Compare to each other
How the Democrats Compare to each other
To give you some context, here are a couple of top sites on the internet.
Traffic Rank for Yahoo 1
Traffic Rank for CNN 46
Thus began her attempt to spark an internet “conversation” with the American people that will feature no fewer than five such online chats in the coming days.
Mrs Clinton’s decision to launch her campaign for the presidency on the internet bypassed the mainstream media, which despite being denied any direct access to her over the weekend, nonetheless gave her wall-to-wall coverage.
Barack Obama, one of her rivals for the Democratic nomination, also chose to outline his presidential ambitions last week with a similar — if slightly stiff — video clip on his website. Their use of such technology allows the candidates to demonstrate an affinity with modernity while also allowing them to control their message in a way that a press conference or TV interview does not.
Here's who's advertising
Surprisingly I found Mitt Romney's Ad while searching for Rudy Giuliani, Sam Brownback & Mike Huckabee
John McCain & Mitt Romney on the keyword GOP
These Candidates were found advertising on Yahoo Keyword Advertising.
Rudy Giuliani, Mitt Romney
As the 2008 Presidential campaign is underway, major political players have chosen Facebook as a campaign battleground.
Presidential candidates, such as Hillary Clinton, John McCain, Barak Obama and Mitt Romney, are seizing new political opportunities for social networking in Facebook's Internet community to "befriend" younger voters.
By simply searching some of these names on the Web site, members can "poke" Rudy Giuliani, read personal announcements from Barack Obama's "notes" or read up on Mitt Romney's favorite inspirational quotes.
-30 second candidate web promos made specifically for Myspace/Facebook.
-A Myspace or Facebook Challenge like Create your own Candidate 2008 video/banner promo. Winner gets the video featured on the Candidate's Myspace/Facebook.
-Behind the Scenes blogging(Myspace/Facebook). It would focus not so much on the issues but more of a behind the scenes look at the campaign. A documentary of the campaign experience, or what it's like to work or be an intern on the Campaign. Etc.
More Americans are getting their political news from the Internet. According to the Pew Internet & American Life Project, which measures such things, the four years between the mid-term election in 2002 and the recent election in 2006 saw an explosion of interest in using the Internet as a primary source of political news. During that time period, the percentage of Americans who used the Internet as their main source of election coverage more than doubled from 7 percent to 15 percent.
The increase in Internet usage did not necessarily harm traditional television and print outlets, however. Pew's survey of 1,750 Americans found that the percentages of those who still used print and TV as sources held steady, at 34 percent and 69 percent, respectively. Those worried that the rise of the Internet would automatically spell the doom of traditional news channels can breathe a (small) sigh of relief at the news.Read More
The company says that just as Time magazine named “You” the person of the year, it is naming “You” the political reporter for this blog. It promises: “no paid bloggers, no internal agenda, just an open forum.”
John Edwards seems to be shrinking losing 8 friends on Myspace from Wed (11,350) to Thur (11,342)
Hillary and Obama still the biggest gainers.
Biggest gainer was definetly Rudy Giuliani jumping over John McCain into second place with a gain of 149 friends.
Wednesday, February 14, 2007
“Presidential candidates are taking advantage of the fact that more and more people are using the Internet to find their political campaign information,” said Matt Tatham, a spokesperson for Hitwise, which monitors website traffic and provides meas-urement data reports for online businesses.
Sen. Obama is not the only politician trying to appeal to an increasingly technologically savvy electorate; using the Internet to snag votes is quickly becoming the modus operandi for anyone vying for the nation’s highest office.
Democratic Senator Hillary Clinton's long-anticipated entry into the 2008 Presidential campaign came not at a news conference or political rally, but in a brief, well-crafted video streamed to the nation and the world over the Internet.
Therefore, observers note, these efforts aren't likely to result in the type of strong Web 2.0 applications that Web-savvy users have become accustomed to. For example, most campaigns aren't expected to fully open their blogs for the quick, public postings available to readers of many other popular sites today. Observers note that political campaigns must tread carefully, noting the firestorm of criticism aimed at Democratic presidential hopeful John Edwards last week because of comments about religion made by two of his campaign's bloggers.
Most campaigns are struggling with "how do you leverage Web 2.0 and true communities online while maintaining some control over your candidate," said Julie Barko Germany, deputy director of the Institute for Politics, Democracy and the Internet at George Washington University in Washington. "[Campaigns] want to be able to influence how people perceive their candidate."
YouTube is a great resource for campaigns to promote their videos, vlogging, tv interviews and for supporters to share their thoughts and creativity.
Here is a video posted by an Obama Supporter
Barack Obama interview on 60 Minutes Pt. 1
Part 2 can be found here
YouTube is also an opportunity for someone to share their hateful discriminatory ideas.
Here is a video posted by this YouTube user XXSHAX22
His video description "barrack obama is a terrorist do not vote for him no muslims in us office"
Online Connectivity Report Card
Website - www.brownback.com
-No RSS Feeds to the News
-Only 2 Videos (which load slowly)
-No Links Section
-No Media Pictures
-Easy to Navigate
-Easy to Contribute Money
-Easy to Join the Mailing List
Only 704 friends and the Brownback Myspace profile doesnt show up properly on my browser.
2,613 friends and currently very active. Run by the Students for Sam Brownback Organization. The Brownback campaign should just hire the www.studentsforbrownback.org/ to promote, recruit & organize the College Students.
Overall his online presence is pretty weak. If he is serious about running for President he is going to have to revamp his internet strategy.
Tuesday, February 13, 2007