Is social media in politics here to stay?

My apologies to a certain good acquaintance, but I’m thinking social media for political elections is more hype than help. I’d like your opinion, though. Should someone gearing up for a Wisconsin local non-partisan election in April be at play on Twitter and Facebook?

Yes, these are great tools for staying connected, but I saw them cause trouble more than once in yesterday’s midterms. Candidates across America had staffers calling folks twats and offering a 68 page jobs plan. (Can you believe he still has that up on his website?)

Help me out. (Before you panic, it’s not for me. I’m in Paris at the end of April, not planning a political takeover.) Let me know how important you think social media is and whether or not a local campaign needs to be in on the game.

Comments

  1. I think it’s good, but only if other people respond and you can somehow get your “voters” to be involved. Can also be a problem. Parties encouraged no blogs, be careful on twitter & facebook, etc.

  2. Jonas Wilkerson says:

    It’s a great way to add campaign staff. It’s also a good way to get your campaign some exposure to the national media.