Scottsdale, Arizona (CNN) – Tapping into the online social networks of voters is a top priority for the digital strategists working for President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney - and no site offers a larger trove of personal data than Facebook.
Now the Republican National Committee is getting into the social media game.
Dothan, Alabama (CNN) – Newt Gingrich may occasionally refer to a Twitter hash tag as a hash mark but he is relying on the Internet to reach out to voters, one tweet and Facebook friend at a time.
The Republican presidential candidate doesn't have as much money to spend on television advertising as his counterparts, but Gingrich is devoting considerable resources to maximize his online presence.FULL STORY
(CNN) - In 2012, a strong Web presence must be part of every political hopeful's strategy.
On the eve of Tuesday's Iowa caucuses, the first official contest of this year's presidential campaign, we take a look at how the seven Republican hopefuls are presenting themselves in the digital world of social media.FULL STORY
(CNN) - It's the perennial conundrum for candidates trying to access a far-flung electorate: How do you quickly spread your message to voters across the country?
For almost all candidates, social media have become some part of the campaign. Recognizing their new role in the political process, Facebook is offering candidates some tips for utilizing their website.
New York (CNNMoney) - You can add two influential members of Congress to the list of people upset with Facebook over the social network's latest privacy flap.
Reps. Ed Markey of Massachusetts and Joe Barton of Texas fired off a letter to the Federal Trade Commission on Wednesday, asking for an investigation of Facebook's business practices.FULL STORY
(CNN) - Facebook filed paperwork Monday to form a political action committee called "FB PAC," CNN has learned.
"FB PAC will give our employees a way to make their voice heard in the political process by supporting candidates who share our goals of promoting the value of innovation to our economy while giving people the power to share and make the world more open and connected," said Andrew Noyes, manager of public policy communications at Facebook.
(CNN) - As members of Congress navigate the shifting political sands of the debt-ceiling crisis, many of them are turning to a digital platform more associated with sharing personal updates and funny videos about cats: Facebook.
In recent days, lawmakers have swarmed the popular social network to post videos outlining their positions, conduct opinion polls, reach new constituents and ask for feedback.FULL STORY
New York (CNNMoney) - Former White House press secretary Joe Lockhart is joining Facebook as its vice president of global communications, the company announced late Tuesday.
Lockhart, who ran the White House press office during President Bill Clinton's second term, will be in charge of Facebook's corporate, policy and international communications teams. He will report to Elliot Schrage, Facebook's communications chief.FULL STORY
Palo Alto, California (CNN) - President Barack Obama isn't just in the news Wednesday. He'll also be in your news feed.
The White House is holding a "town hall" at Facebook headquarters, where the president is expected to answer questions before a small audience about the economy and the federal deficit. The event also will be broadcast live online to Facebook's more than 500 million users, starting at 1:45 p.m. PT (4:45 p.m. ET).FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) - President Obama will meet with Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and other business leaders when he visits San Francisco Thursday, according to a source familiar with the arrangements. The topics will be promoting American innovation and the president's stated commitment to new investments in research and development, education and clean energy according to a White House official.
But at Wednesday's first press briefing by new White House Press Secretary Jay Carney, reporters wanted to know if Zuckerberg and the president might discuss Facebook and the role of social media in the Egyptian revolution and similar unrest in other North African countries. Carney's answer: "the purpose of the discussion is on innovation. You know, obviously, other topics could come up."FULL STORY