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How can political campaigns and advocacy organizations use social media to build support?

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Political campaigns have embraced social media -- a trend that is only going to increase in the wake of Barack Obama's enormous organizing success. We've been studying and working on online campaigns for longer than Obama's been in politics (oy! this is literally the case) but even we're excited about how social media changes the rules of the game. Political scientists and consultants have been talking about how the Internet enables mass political mobilization since at least 1994: in 2008, we finally saw that hope mature into a game-changing example of what distributed political power can do.

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