Social media is an integral part in today's society. It is a method for millions of people to communicate with friends and family abroad, and it allows businesses to promote their goods or services to a wide range of people. Why wouldn't it be ideal for politics to join the social media hub? Many laws and voting advertisements have made their presence and it only seems natural that politicians could use this tool as well.
1. Profiles - By providing a profile, a politician is able to show to the public that he or she is just a regular person trying to make the world a better place. It could create a fan-base that can elevate a status, especially if the politician replies to comments.
2. Status Updates - People like to feel informed and in-the-loop. For a politician to keep a regular status update, it shows commitment to sharing knowledge and being more open to the public. Wouldn't you feel important if a politician was to respond to your comment posted on his or her status page?
3. Tweets - As Twitter is one of the most popular forms of communication, many politicians can be accessed this way. However, don't be discouraged if a tweet isn't responded to. Any given politician could receive hundreds of tweets regularly and probably doesn't have the time to go through each one.
4. Clarity - If every proposed law was to have a social page of some kind written in terminology that all could understand, the general public could make a more informed decision on whether to vote for it or not. Of course, it would be the posting individual's responsibility to include all aspects of the law, good or bad.
5. Video - Commercials are in a classification of their own. Sites such as YouTube can give a politician greater coverage to explain his or her views, explain certain bills and laws with clarity, and relate to the general public in a more personal way. Could you imagine a politician having a YouTube channel updated with new videos regularly?
6. Effectiveness - Instead of spending millions of dollars in ad revenue, sites such as YouTube and Facebook are free to use. With millions of visitors to both of these websites on a regular basis, it is a cost effective way to put opinions out there for all to see.
For politics to be available on social media, it provides a method where millions of visitors could gain additional knowledge to facts. Plain terms can be used to ensure all can understand what any law, politician, or effect a government is endorsing and could be greatly beneficial to the general public as well as elected officials.