BY Miranda Neubauer | Tuesday, October 15 2013
BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Friday, January 11 2013
Votizen made a splash in 2011 when it debuted as part of San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee's election campaign. The tool was one of the first platforms to explore social voting — asking supporters of a candidate or cause to reach out to eligible voters from among their friends on social networks. But while major political parties and issue campaigns picked up some of Votizen's competitors, their platform's growth chart looks kind of flat: A modest 100,000 users and 200 paying customers as of shortly after election day.
So maybe it should be no surprise that Votizen will no longer be flying solo. On Thursday, the social activism and online petitioning website Causes.com announced it would acquire the company under undisclosed terms. All user activity from 2012 will be wiped from the platform — but Causes.com will pick up all eight of the company's staff in the deal.Read More
BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Tuesday, November 6 2012
As PBS Newshour reported Monday, voters across the United States will be asked to vote on an unusually high number of ballot measures this year. Read More
BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Monday, November 5 2012
BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Tuesday, October 30 2012
Votizen, the San Francisco social voting startup, launched a new feature for the iPhone's new operating system Tuesday that provides registered voters with polling information location, as well as information about their ... Read More
BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Monday, July 9 2012
CNN and Facebook unveiled a new partnership on Monday that signals a clear desire by CNN to expand its audience with a trio of new initiatives on the global social network.
The network, which has seen its ratings falter over the past year, is launching a new English and Spanish-language Facebook app mid-to-late August called "I'm Voting." Facebook will also examine its users' conversations about the presidential and vice presidential candidates in aggregate and enable CNN on-air personalities to break that information down by state. The network also plans to cooperate with Facebook on user surveys around specific events like the Democratic and Republican National Conventions, the presidential debates, and Election Day.Read More
BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Tuesday, March 13 2012
Sean Parker's string of investments in the political technology space in recent years are rooted in the belief that lowering the cost of electioneering is the key to diminishing the corrupting influence of money in ... Read More
BY Micah L. Sifry | Friday, November 4 2011
Can we make voting for candidates and advocating for issues more social? And more specifically, can we make the whole process of supporting and endorsing candidates in advance of an election, or promoting a position on a ... Read More