Facebook: an example of digital democracy

election-rally-on-facebook2On November 3rd I received an invite to join Facebook’s cause ‘Election Rally’.

Even though I wasn’t personally involved in voting (I’m not a US citizen), I decided to ‘donate’ my Facebook’s status to the cause.

The goal was to reach as many people as possible and convince them to vote, no matter about political persuasion. Everyone could donate his status to his candidate.

The most important thing was reminding people to vote, especially young people.

The initiative had a great success: in just under 5 days, 1,745,754 people sent out 4,919,071 status messages.

This example demonstrates how a social network can support democracy, and help people to know their rights.

I’d like to suggest you to visit the Facebook’s cause, to check the increasing number of people involved hour by hour. It’s incredible how fast it grew!

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Another suggestions to all bloggers: Valeria Maltoni posted today a useful article “Why start a blog and 25 howtoblogtips to make it work”. You’ll find many advices to create a successful blog! The article is easy to understand also for beginners, and it is mainly focused on creating a business blog.

Valeria’s ‘Conversation Agent’ is one of my favourite professional blogs, and I read it regularly, as I always find ideas, suggestions, and interesting opinions.

I strongly recommend it!

Enjoy your reading.

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Partecipation in groundswell activities

Partecipation

Partecipation

During my Social Media class, thanks to Becky Carroll, I had the great opportunity to read the book ‘Groundswell’.

According to the authors Charlene Li and Josh Bernoff – two top analysts from Forrester Research – the groundswell is “a social trend in which people use technologies to get the things they need form each other, rather than from traditional institutions like corporations”.

One of the most useful concept they describe in their book is the ‘social technographics profile’. In other words, they define a user segmentation ladder, in order to explain the role the users play in the network.

Using this ladder, Forrester Research created a tool to show how people participate in the Network activities.

In an interesting post in his blog, Vincenzo Cosenza – manager director at Digital PR in Rome – analyses the Italian network population, using the ladder criteria.

I believe that the increasing involvement of Italian population is mainly due to the success of social media like Facebook, YouTube, blogs, etc., even though we haven’t understood how important is to engage people, customers, and to listen to them.

I hope that more and more people could understand the importance of these media, not only as ‘friendship’ tools, but also to spread out new ideas and knowledge. Not important if you use the Network for business or for your personal aim, but I think that this place of ‘digital democracy’ could help to improve our future.

Please, let me know your opinion also about ‘Groundswell’ and the ‘ladder’ tool!