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Daily Digest: 6/26/07

BY Joshua Levy | Tuesday, June 26 2007

The Web on the Candidates

  • James Kotecki has a great video analysis of Rudy Giuliani's reluctance to take advantage of the social web (Jeff Jarvis isn't so diplomatic, and calls Rudy a "control freak"). James points out that, despite having virtually no presence on YouTube (except for that drag-queen video), Rudy still tops most polls. Does that prove that YouTube doesn't matter? Of course not. Candidates need to use video to show their real side and to insulate themselves from attacks. "The longer Mayor Giuliani stays atop the polls, the more likely it is that other videos, potentially much more damaging than his queen-for-a-day appearance, will show up as well... viewers will be more likely to forgive a candidate's YouTube transgressions if they've been using YouTube to show themselves as a real person," Kotecki says.
  • After reading about danah boyd's fantastic essay about class differences on Facebook and MySpace, Eyeon08 was struck by the idea that "those with more education tend to be on Facebook while those in the margins of nearly every aspect of our culture can be found on MySpace." He decided to compare Barack Obama's numbers on the two sites (using our charts, of course). He found that Obama is doing better than Hillary Clinton "among the educated rich kids," i.e., on Facebook. Does this mean anything? Who knows, though it should be noted that before Obama's campaign took over Joe Anthony's volunteer-created MySpace profile, Obama held a similar lead on MySpace.
  • Gil Kaufman at MTV News writes that, thanks to an early campaign season, almost 20 major-party candidates to follow, and a profusion of inexpensive online technologies, the amount of opt-in technologies can be crushing. "If you've already started narrowing down the list of candidates you want to follow, you're looking at nine months of daily (or hourly) text messages, RSS feeds, blog entries, ringtones, vlog posts, e-mails, YouTube videos, MySpace friend requests, live Web chats, Eventful calendar updates and customized widgets for your desktop that give you the latest news on your candidate," Kaufman writes. To bad there isn't one place where you can find all of the candidates' feeds side-by-side... oh yeah! How about techPresident's new Politickr?

The Candidates on the Web

  • Speaking in front of graphics highlighting the price of gas and the number of wounded and dead U.S. soldiers from Iraq, Dennis Kucinich asks his supporters to create their own videos supporting his campaign, centering on the idea that "Peace is Practical." Kucinich, who extended his participation in YouTube's Spotlight far beyond its designated one-week window, has shown a deep commitment to using YouTube to involve his supporters campaign. Can the other candidates learn from this? Some might point to the closed-system style of Rudy Giuliani and claim that this kind of openness is one of the reasons Kucinich remains a lower-tier candidate, though there are other reason for that... (via PrezVid)

In Case You Missed It...

Why have only 244 videos been sumbitted for the upcoming YouTube/CNN Democratic debate? Steve Garfield wants to know.

Got Organizers? Zack Exley is helping organize the New Organizing Institute's second annual week-long intensive campaign training. For more information, go here.

NBC will be embedding videobloggers with the campaigns, reports Steve Garfield.

TechPresident announces its new Politickr feature, which brings you feeds from all of the campaign blogs on one site, and displays word-frequency clouds for all of the candidates' online content, making it easy to see what the candidates are talking the most about.

"There's a meme going around that being online makes you young and hip. That isn't so," writes Patrick Ruffini. Despite some contrarian views that make the web out to be the domain of young people with too much time on their hands, the blogosphere skews old and can be decidedly un-hip.

News Briefs

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NY Study Shows How Freedom of Information Can Inform Open Data

On New York State's open data portal, the New York Department of Environmental Conservation has around 40 data resources of varying sizes, such as maps of lakes and ponds and rivers, bird conservation areas and hiking trails. But those datasets do not include several data resources that are most sought after by many New York businesses, a new study from advocacy group Reinvent Albany has found. Welcome to a little-discussed corner of so-called "open government"--while agencies often pay lip service to the cause, the data they actually release is sometimes nowhere close to what is most wanted. GO

Responding to Ferguson, Activists Organize #NMOS14 Vigils Across America In Just 4 Days

This evening peaceful crowds will gather at more than 90 locations around the country to honor the victims of police brutality, most recently the unarmed black teenager, Michael Brown, who was shot and killed by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, on Saturday. A moment of silence will begin at 20 minutes past 7 p.m. (EST). The vigils are being organized almost entirely online by the writer and activist Feminista Jones (@FeministaJones), with help from others from around the country who have volunteered to coordinate a vigil in their communities. Organizing such a large event in only a few days is a challenge, but in addition to ironing out basic logistics, the National Moment of Silence (#NMOS14) organizers have had to deal with co-optation, misrepresentation, and Google Docs and Facebook pages that are, apparently, buckling under traffic.