A sign of the social times
Facebook and NBC announced today that they will co-host the Republican candidate debate before the presidential primary in New Hampshire next year. President Obama held a Twitter town hall a couple of weeks ago, and talked with Mark Zuckerberg at Facebook headquarters in April. More and more, politicians are using social media and other technology to communicate with potential voters. The big difference between today’s tools and yesterday’s: immediate, and increased, interaction. In some instances, that interaction can backfire. But examples such as the Anthony Weiner case — the congressman from New York stepped down last month after admitting to indiscretions via Twitter — aside, those who care about being politically engaged have more options to make their voices heard.