Monday, July 07, 2008

Supporters use Obama's social network to organize protest against him [Computerworld]

Social networking doesn't have a political agenda; people have political agendas...  Visibility and voice are good things, even if they can at times appear to be mixed blessings.

A group of more than 20,000 supporters of Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama have used his official social network to organize an online protest against his stance on legislation set to be taken up by the U.S. Senate tomorrow.

A second excerpt, from later in the article:

"The truth is that your organizing, your activism and your passion is an important reason why this bill is better than previous versions," Obama wrote. "No tool has been more important in focusing peoples' attention on the abuses of executive power in this Administration than the active and sustained engagement of American citizens."

Obama went on to note that "when citizens join their voices together, they can hold their leaders accountable. I'm not exempt from that. ... I cannot promise to agree with you on every issue. But I do promise to listen to your concerns, take them seriously, and seek to earn your ongoing support to change the country."

Supporters use Obama's social network to organize protest against him

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