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) - In what’s becoming a trend, candidates who have more fans on Facebook win on election night.
Almost every winner in Tuesday night's primaries dominated over their losing opponents on Facebook.
In the Delaware Republican Senate primary race, Christine O'Donnell's Facebook page had four times more fans than Rep. Mike Castle's page, 9,883 to 2,453. O'Donnell leveraged the Facebook platform better as well, by posting campaign updates and voting information more frequently.
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) – 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.
Washington (CNN) – While new media tools such as Facebook and Twitter propelled Democrats to success during the 2008 campaign, Organizing for America is relying on a vintage technology this election cycle: the telephone.
OFA, the grassroots structure that grew out of President Obama’s presidential run that was folded into the Democratic National Committee, has partnered with MaestroConference, a social conferencing platform, to host 5,200 conference calls since March 2009, CNN has learned.
While conference calls are not a new organizational tool, OFA is utilizing new technology to make the phone a relevant political tool once again.
So what’s new?
(CNN) – Political candidates crisscrossing their districts and states will be able to check in Wednesday morning for the first time on Gowalla, a location based social network that shares with followers a user's location when they "check in" on a smart phone.
Independent Gov. Charlie Crist of Florida, Republican Gov. Rick Perry of Texas, and Arizona Republican congressional candidate Jim Ward are the first to sign up for a new set of tools Gowalla has designed specifically for the campaign trail.
"An interesting historical record emerges when candidates are actively checking in at town halls, campaign events or dinners to shake hands," CEO and co-founder of Gowalla Josh Williams told CNN. "There is definitely an authenticity that comes with that."
The new features will allow campaigns to create events on Gowalla that supporters can check in to and receive a campaign stamp with the candidate's logo. Usually when a user checks into a location, they receive a generic stamp for their virtual passport.
(CNN) – Political campaigns and advocacy groups can now easily advertise on AOL, and other online platforms, thanks to a new political advertising hub the company launched Thursday.
The new site acts as a one-stop shop for campaigns to built and place "display ads," which are commonly thought of as "banner ads."
The hub allows advertisers to directly target their ads to specific AOL owned properties, such as PoliticsDaily.com or MapQuest.com.
Aspen, Colorado (CNN) - Upstart Twitter recently realized it should make the rounds in Washington, so co-founder Biz Stone did what any Silicon Valley entrepreneur would do: bought a suit.
Stone went to Capitol Hill in late April visiting with staffers and congressman. He talked about his visit Tuesday at the Aspen Ideas Festival responding to a question about the company's involvement in Washington.
"Washington thinks we're like a 10,000 people organization with the Washington office and we're just ignoring them," Stone said.
Washington (CNN) – He was succeeded in the White House by the most web savvy administration in U.S. history, but that has not stopped former President George W. Bush from joining Facebook.
The office of the 43rd President recently established an official presence on the popular social networking site, CNN has confirmed.
"Our office hears from citizens all the time: 'How's President Bush? What's he up to? Please tell him thank you for his service,'" Bush spokesman David Sherzer told CNN in an email. "President Bush is grateful for all of these kind messages. A Facebook fan page is the ideal forum on which to keep people up to date on what the former president is doing."
The former president has nearly 30,000 Facebook fans connected to his Facebook page which is located at www.facebook.com/georgewbush.
The George W. Presidential Center also recently joined microblogging site Twitter (@GWBPresCenter) where Bush's office currently has just 50 followers.