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Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Barak Obama on

Here's his LinkedIn Profile and an article
talks about how this represents Barak's approach to connect with the 29 + professional crowd. When his staff accepted my LinkedIn request this morning I became the 268th contact. There are over 400 now, a few hours later! Kind of amazing to watch from near the starting point, and surprising that his contact list is growing relatively slowly 3 days in to launching a profile. (It may be somewhat by design, there are a couple unspecific links on the page, if you visit the site to issue your own invitation request.) This article talks about how US presidential candidates are using the web in their campaign.

What role do you think technology will have in the presidential election? Will it be minimal or specific to young professionals, and is it critical for candidates to establish a presence on FaceBook, MySpace, YouTube, LinkedIn, to capture voter share in all voter segments? A quick look at the handy Google Trends site introduced below a few weeks ago gives a snapshot of relative candidate popularlity. (If this is any indication, John McCain looks like the candidate to beat overall)

What role do you think Social Networking will have and how important will Search Engine Optimization be for the candidates? What kind of impact will other emerging technologies have in this election?

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At September 12, 2007 6:51 PM , Blogger Nigel said...

Actually I would say John Edwards is the one trending most strongly. His embrace of the blogging community and social networks goes back at least two years and is more than just incidental. The Rocketboom video blog crew scored a major coup two years ago when they became the first non-traditional media outlet to interview him for their blog. I'm still awaiting word whether I get to be "linkedin" to the Senator as well. It doesn't hurt to be personally acquainted with the Campaign's senior tech staff, at least I'm hoping it doesn't ... Nigel

At September 12, 2007 8:47 PM , Blogger Clayton Roche said...

I have to say, seeing a presidential candidate's information presented in the same form boxes as mine makes him seem easier to relate to. I worked for a restaurant, he is a senator--but in the same place on the website.

At September 13, 2007 11:00 AM , Blogger Kim Chulis said...

You're right about John Edwards, Nigel. Why are there mostly McCain-related news time-points on the graph? I wonder if Google sells placement of related news links displayed on the right there, as in their AdWords and AdSense campaigns. (More likely some default setting or inadvertent selection on my end). Clayton, I feel the same way!

At September 13, 2007 12:03 PM , Blogger Nigel said...

And I'm now a "friend" of the Senator. It's a shame that Congress passed a law to prevent my vote (and my $$ support) from ever counting for something.

At September 13, 2007 1:30 PM , Blogger Kim Chulis said...

Congrats!! What number is he up to now?

At September 16, 2007 11:42 PM , Blogger Clayton Roche said...

I'm on the list now, too. I feel closer to him now, and if he gets me a job, I'm voting for him.

I also have the VP of Hewlett Packard on my list. He announced in his podcast that he'd accept an invite that mentioned his podcast. The legitimacy of linkedin, to me, is that the contacts are somewhat meaningful--that it says something about you to have certain contacts. Do you all agree? Do contacts like Obama and the VP of HP 'cheapen' contacts, or am I overvaluing it to begin with?


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