Obama Campaign Ditches Twitter, Facebook

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I've said this so often I feel like a broken record, but here goes: there is a big difference between electioneering and governing. Those differences extend to constituent communication, in no small part because of the prohibition against using government (public) resources to get elected (or re-elected). How else to explain the fact that the Barack Obama campaign (notice I did not say "Barack Obama" -- I don't want to perpetuate the idea that he was personally engaged in these spaces) has posted nothing on its Twitter account or its Facebook account since 5 November 2008, the day after the election? Instead, the electioneering team (the campaign) has morphed into the about-to-be-governing team. They have an outward-focus on Change.gov, but that's a very controlled space, not unlike My.BarackObama.com. Another reason for abandoning these social spaces: they're great for mobilizing but not so great for deliberation. …continue reading →