(CNN) – It can be tough to agree on a single word to describe something that affects every single American.
But when it comes to Congress, the task suddenly doesn't seem so insurmountable.
Las Vegas, Nevada (CNN) – What happens in Vegas will not stay there this weekend as legions of Internet-savvy conservatives, including Sarah Palin, plot and share strategies for better competing with liberals in the digital sphere.
The former Alaska governor is just one of many to attend the fifth annual RightOnline conference in Las Vegas. The gathering will feature brand-name conservative figures rallying the masses and Internet activists hoping to maximize their political efforts on social media like Twitter and Facebook. Some attendees will learn how to use Twitter and Facebook for the first time.
(CNN)- Her husband joined Pinterest in March, and his rival's wife started 'pinning' in February. Now first lady Michelle Obama is diving into the latest social network with new, personal posts reflecting on life in the White House.
At mid-morning Wednesday, Michelle Obama's page had three categories: Around the White House, Great Memories, and Father's Day.
Washington (CNN) - Ann Romney has pinned herself a new role in her husband's presidential campaign.
The wife of presidential candidate Mitt Romney recently began using the social media site Pinterest. The official Mitt Romney Twitter feed drew attention to the site Tuesday by posting, "Ann's way ahead of me on this one – check out her Pinterest page here pinterest.com/annromney/."
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(CNN) – Whether President Barack Obama's first ever Twitter town hall is considered a #success or #fail, it's surely another example of the White House's embrace of social media and technology.
Here's a look back at some of the key uses of social media since Obama was elected:
Washington (CNN)-Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, has a case of the "Twitter" but don't worry its curable-at least that's what he's saying in his new TV ad.
In his new ad Grassley wants you to know he works for you and that he'll 'tweet' for you.
The ad features two older women talking about Grassley's Twitter account as if it were a diagnosis and not a trendy social media profile.
One lady even asks if his Twitter can be "cured."
(CNN) - Thirty of the largest youth groups in America have joined together to create the Vote Again 2010 campaign, a non-partisan coalition encouraging youth voter turnout for the midterm elections.
The organizations include Rock the Vote, League of Young Voters, Head Count, Campus Progress, Voto Latino and the Energy Action Coalition. To encourage 18 to 30 year olds to vote, the organization brought in three of the most influential stars in social media to create a competition around creating the best YouTube video about getting involved in the political process.
Brittani Taylor , one of the 50 most subscribed people on YouTube, Tay Zonday, whose YouTube hit "chocolate rain" is one of the top watched videos with over 53 million views, and Jason Pollock, rated one of the most influential people on Twitter, created a YouTube video to in an effort to make voting go viral.
(CNN) – At nearly 74 years old, Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, might not be the first person to come to mind when you're asked to name a social media "genius." But according to a new joint study, he is just that–the U.S. senator most adept at using social media.
New York University professor Scott Galloway and George Washington University School of Business dean Doug Guthrie ranked all 100 U.S. senators based on what they call the lawmakers' "digital IQ." The score is derived from a combination of metrics culled from each senator's activity on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, political blogs and their own congressional website.
Republican Sens. Jim DeMint and Scott Brown took a close second and third behind McCain, with Sen. Al Franken–the Senate's most social media-savvy Democrat–coming in at number four.
New York (CNNMoney.com) - Internet video-chatting service Skype helps connect people across the globe - but your representatives in Congress are banned from using it.
House Democrats and Republicans have been tussling over whether to overhaul technology rules that prohibit lawmakers from using Skype to chat from their offices with the people they govern.
Their obstacle: A 2006 ban on running peer-to-peer applications behind House and Senate firewalls. Such programs allow computers to share files (remember Napster?), which could pose a security risk.
Skype is a peer-to-peer (P2P) program, but its software is a different animal from the popular-with-pirates media swapping applications that gave the P2P field a reputation as the Internet's Wild West. While Skype users can send files directly to others, the company says it's impossible to share documents accidentally - as users could with file-sharing programs like LimeWire.
New York (CNN) – Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand met with a group of 25 of the web's top female political bloggers Friday evening as part of the BlogHer Conference, a two-day gathering of 2,400 female bloggers.
The freshman New York Democrat, one of Washington's most web-savvy politicians, used the appearance to press other women to run for office, a rallying cry heard throughout the conference.
“We need you,” Gillibrand told the bloggers. “You don’t have to be afraid [of politics] just because it is a blood sport.”
A frequent blog contributor herself, Gillibrand discussed her experience in the Senate, and specifically the fight against the Stupak amendment – a crucial sticking point for liberal Democrats that turned the debate over health care reform legislation on its head. Gillibrand expressed surprise at the lack of grassroots coordination from women to protest the amendment and pointed to the debate as one where women could have been better organized, and more effective.