Facebook Flooded With Election Coverage

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Facebook Flooded With Election Coverage

As the D-Day for US Presidential election approaches, Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) plans to guide people in the United States to the polls this Election. Facebook has introduced a new feature that will help users to figure out where to head to cast a ballot.

The map was already live at Facebook’s U.S. Politics page, but as of today will be available at the top of news feeds. Like previous elections, Facebook will remind the users of the Election Day, and will also show which of their friends have voted, once the user click on an “I voted” button. Facebook will also track down a polling station once the user clicks on the “I voted” button.

Apart from this, Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) has also introduced a ‘Real-time map’ that will show hot spots around the country, i.e. accumulate the data and show where Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) members are voting. Also, Facebook’s data team will be using Talk Meter for posting results on the U.S. Politics on Facebook page.

It’s not only Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) that is encouraging users to vote, but celebrities are also using Facebook, urging their fans to vote ahead of Election Day.

Following are the postings from some of the celebrities:

  • Lady Gaga asked her 53 million-plus fans to take a public pledge to vote Tuesday on her Facebook page.

Facebook Flooded With Election Coverage

  • Sarah Palin, the former running mate of John McCain, supported Mitt Romney. In her post, she said, “Governor Romney deserves a chance to lead. President Barack Obama had his chance. He’s failed, and we can’t afford to go backwards.” So far, Palin’s post has received 48,078 likes, 4,477 shares, and 3,809 comments.

 As per Facebook’s Talk Meter, users in the US are posting more about Hurricane Sandy than President Barack Obama or Republican nominee Mitt Romney. However, among Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, users are buzzing more about President Barack Obama. Females ages 25 to 34 are chatting the most about Barack Obama on Facebook, while males ages 25- to 34 are talking the most about Mitt Romney. Another data source reveals Barack Obama is receiving about 1.2 million average daily Facebook mentions, while Mitt Romney has slightly fewer, around 1.1 million.

Ending their campaign on Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) as the election approaches, Barack Obama posted a video on his Facebook page featuring comedian Will Ferrell, while Mitt Romney says “better days are ahead”, in a video shared on Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB). In the final hours of the campaign, Barack Obama published a photo album of graphics representing his political accomplishments, which has resulted in more than  9,166 shares, 74,896 likes, and over 9,600 comments, while Mitt Romney posted photo’s of one of his rallies on the campaign trail, receiving 4,716 shares, 132,655 likes, and over 8,354 comments.


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