(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.
(CNN) - An analysis of tweets in the days around White House press secretary Robert Gibbs' comments about the midterm elections suggest the White House press secretary's words did have an effect in the Twitterverse.
On Sunday's "Meet the Press," Gibbs answered a question on whether Democrats might lose their grip on power in Congress: "I think there is no doubt there are enough seats in play - that could cause Republicans to gain control."
In the days before Gibbs' comments, tweets that supported Democrats in the midterms were higher than those that supported Republicans, 57-47 percent, according to Crimson Hexagon, which analyzes social media chatter.
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.
Aspen, Colorado (CNN) - The future of free speech will be chosen by lawyers and businessmen at companies such as Google, Comcast and Facebook, not by politicians in Washington or the judicial system.
That is George Washington University Law School Professor Jeffrey Rosen's "big idea" he delivered at the Aspen Ideas Festival Monday night to an overflowing crowd of the top leaders in business, politics, technology, and law - including former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor.
Rosen named Nicole Wang, Google's deputy general council, as a company executive who has more say over free speech than most. Wang has the authority to keep or remove YouTube videos. When governments around the world want a video removed, she is woken up to make the decision.
New York (CNN) – Facebook and YouTube Thursday launched hubs for campaigns tools candidates can use while gearing up to the next election cycle.
Facebook unveiled the "U.S. Politics on Facebook" page that will highlight how politicians, elected officials, and political campaigns are using Facebook.
The leading social network site has a "Facebook and Government" and "Congress on Facebook" page, which delivers interesting use-cases of Facebook being used to govern, as well as Facebook's targeted message to the politicians. "U.S. Politics on Facebook" will only highlight campaign uses, such as when Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty hosted the first "Facebook Town Hall" in late March.
To help candidates deliver their messages more effectively and directly, YouTube launched the "You Choose 2010 Campaign Toolkit."
New York (CNN) - Gary Vaynerchuck sells wine online, is the co-founder of the social media agency VaynerMedia, and has a simple message to congress: allow technology to make our lives better.
During an interview with CNN this week, Vaynerchuck urged Congress to open up as much data as possible to let entrepreneurs harness the information for good purposes. However, he believes that those in Congress need to first be better educated themselves about emerging media technologies, saying that most senators and representatives don't even understand how to really use Facebook or Twitter.
"It makes me scared," Vaynerchuck said. "This is the biggest culture shift in our lives since the printing press. I would pray that these politicians have an 'expert' on staff."
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.
Washington (CNN) – Ronald Reagan is the father of Foursquare. At least that's what O'Reilly Media CEO and founder Tim O'Reilly said in his keynote presentation at last week's Gov 2.0 Expo in Washington.
In 1983, President Reagan signed an executive order making global positioning system technology, known today as GPS, available for public use.
That decision ultimately enabled new location-based social networks such as Foursquare or Gowalla to use GPS technology and change the way friends interact with each other. Reagan's opening of the GPS data to citizens was an early example of "open government."
O'Reilly co-produced the Gov 2.0 Expo, which brought together government officials, venture capitalists, large technology companies, entrepreneurs and individuals to discuss the latest trends in how the government is using transformative technologies to foster further innovation.
"Government 2.0" is defined, according to O'Reilly, as "making use of web 2.0 technologies to transform government" to be more transparent and efficient. Web 2.0 technologies include social media networks and "cloud computing."
The Obama administration's early commitment to openness with government information has made Gov 2.0 an emerging business sector in America.
"Data is available to anyone who wants to do something with it," said Mark Drapeau, the Director of Innovative Social Engagement at Microsoft and a co-chair of the Expo. "The government does not have all the ideas and skills, but citizens have all the opportunities due to new and open technologies."
Washington (CNN) – Facebook, the popular social networking site, launched a "Congress on Facebook" page Thursday. The new page highlights innovative uses of Facebook by members of Congress, lists members' official pages and publishes news and information about Facebook and Congress.
"More than 300 members of Congress use Facebook in an official capacity to communicate and connect with their constituents and we're excited [to] showcase some of the most innovative uses of our platform on Capitol Hill," Tim Sparapani, Facebook's public policy director, told CNN in an e-mail.
The new page has a robust "resources" tab full of information that members of Congress can use to start or maintain their own Facebook pages.
Because it lists all the official House and Senate Facebook pages, the new "Congress on Facebook" is also a one-stop shop for Facebook users who want to connect with their representatives on Capitol Hill.
Washington (CNN) – Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee launched a YouTube channel Monday to act as a "hub of information" for the hearings of Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan.
The channel went live just hours after President Obama announced Kagan, his solicitor general, as his nominee for the high court. The videos feature interviews of Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions discussing Kagan on news media outlets. Sessions is the ranking Republican on the committee.
Stephen Miller, a spokesman for Judiciary Republicans, said the YouTube channel will be a "hub of information for the public, a resource, a place for the exchange of ideas, and a place for a national discussion the senator is planning to foster during the course of the current Supreme Court nomination." Miller said there will be future videos highlighting the hearings, interviews from Sessions and his colleagues, and other videos that "help shed light on an important aspect of the process."
"Members of Congress increasingly see YouTube as the go-to place for them to speak directly to the American people about the latest political news and events," a YouTube spokesperson told CNN.