Friday, June 20, 2008

Web use in 2008 political campaigns shattering records in U.S.

Fueled by increased viewing of online political videos and the use of social networks to gather campaign data and online donations for candidates, use of the Internet in this year's election cycle is shattering records, according to a study released this week The internet and the 2008 election

According to Yahoo – Citizen 2.0
  • 87 percent use news Websites to gather information and learn about politics
  • 82 percent use search engines
  • 56 percent use candidate Websites
  • 51 percent use blogs and politically-based Websites
  • 40 percent use online political groups
We ( think each and every contesting candidate should have their Online Presence.

In case you have a website, you can integrate the following:
  • Online Contribution
  • Voter Registration Application
  • Absentee Ballot Application
  • Polling Place Locator
  • RSS feeds
A record-breaking 46% of Americans have used the Internet, e-mail or cell phone text messaging to get news about a campaign or to share their views, according to the "The Internet and the 2008 Election" report compiled by the Pew Internet & American Life Project. So far, according to the report, supporters of Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) are using online tools for election matters more often that those of rival Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.).