Facebook – Weather Report and Lobbying Members of Congress

10 January 2010 Internet, IT & e-Discovery Blog Blog
Authors: Peter Vogel

My good friend Kevin Campbell (CIO at Hunt Oil) told me recently that about 5 years ago he removed the TVs from his home with great protest from his kids, but they did keep 2 computers hooked up to the Internet. One evening last fall Kevin’s wife asked him to check on the pending storm on the western horizon Kevin checked on weather.com. Kevin reported back a few minutes later about the latest radar report. In the meantime Kevin’s 20 year daughter reported about strong winds, lightening, and heavy rain which was not part of the weather.com’s website report. When asked where his daughter got her information, of course she just pinged friends on Facebook who lived to the Campbell’s west where the storm was brewing. I guess Kevin’s reliance on going to a website rather than use a Web 2.0 social network source shows a different perspective on getting current information!

2010 Election Year

Adding to the reality of 2010 Web 2.0 politics that 430 Members of Congress are now on YouTube, the Washington Post reported that a Facebook lobbyist is now tutoring Members of Congress:

Inside the headquarters of the National Republican Congressional Committee, 25-year-old Adam Conner — registered Facebook lobbyist, poster of multiple Obama attaboys and a guy whose Facebook photo is a grizzly bear wielding two chainsaws — sits down to teach a course. The subject: How to use Facebook better. His student: Rep. Peter Roskam (R-Ill.).

Not much of a surprise given President Obama’s successful campaign and the reality of the down economy means fewer political contributions. So if candidates want to get re-elected (or just elected) they have to use Web 2.0!

Texting is for Real

A former partner recently told me that his daughter sent a text to his wife – “OMG!!!” So his wife called their daughter, and when there was no answer she sent the daughter a text “What’s this about?” The daughter sent a text reply “I’m marrying Jim next summer!” All text, all the time. Web 2.0 will mean be a different year for politics since so many people now rely on texting, Facebook, MySpace, et al. It will be interesting to see how 2010 elections turn out.

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