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2012-08-16 01:06:13 PM  
FTFA:

This specific study though has a flawed data set, one that could hardly have been better designed to tell a positive story for the Obama campaign.

And later...

A closer look of the pages shows the exact opposite conclusion. Facebook's public "Talking About" figure showcases the number of people interacting with content on a Facebook page. This is the sum number of people who have liked, shared, or commented on page's content over a seven-day period. As of 12:30 a.m. Thursday, Mitt Romney had 1,579,476 people talking about his page compared with 1,354,550 for President Barack Obama. This means that more people are actually interacting with content on Mitt Romney's page than Barack Obama's page despite Obama's having an almost 7 to 1 advantage in total fans over Romney. This is a remarkable figure, one that I believe reflects the grassroots enthusiasm around the Paul Ryan announcement. If Obama were really "outpacing" Romney online he would need seven times as many people talking about his page than Romney has simply to remain proportional. In reality though, Obama has fewer people talking about his page.

Yep, nothing flawed about that "data set."

About the shill author
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2012-08-16 01:08:27 PM  
CHALLENGE ACCEPTED

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2012-08-16 01:09:50 PM  
That assumes that the people "interacting" with Mitt Romney's fb page are all positive. Somehow I doubt this.
 
2012-08-16 01:13:33 PM  
So why did Mitt have to buy 100,000 Twitter followers?
 
2012-08-16 01:14:55 PM  
2.bp.blogspot.com
 
2012-08-16 01:15:18 PM  
Twitter. Short. Fast.
 
2012-08-16 01:21:38 PM  

cameroncrazy1984: That assumes that the people "interacting" with Mitt Romney's fb page are all positive. Somehow I doubt this.


A f*cking thousand times THIS!
 
2012-08-16 01:21:51 PM  

propasaurus: So why did Mitt have to buy 100,000 Twitter followers?


Do you think he has friends he didn't buy?
 
2012-08-16 01:23:54 PM  
Keep on believing.
 
2012-08-16 01:27:31 PM  
Facebook's public "Talking About" figure showcases the number of people interacting with content on a Facebook page. This is the sum number of people who have liked, shared, or commented on page's content over a seven-day period. As of 12:30 a.m. Thursday, Mitt Romney had 1,579,476 people talking about his page compared with 1,354,550 for President Barack Obama.

In my own personal Facebook experience, there's a shiatload of butthurt Republican friends and family members spamming ridiculous political bullshiat on Facebook these days. The moderates in my family don't post anything political at all and have requested others to tone it down, and the liberals post a few things here and there but for the most part avoid talking politics on Facebook. I've unsubscribed from a good deal of people lately just because I don't want their political beliefs tainting my perception of them, and once the election's over, maybe they'll calm the fark down and be normal humans again.

I don't like to talk politics or religion with people I am friends with and/or am related to. It just sows division and I've learned the hard way not to do that. I've got Fark to argue politics and religion with, not my cousins or friends.
 
2012-08-16 01:47:39 PM  
Mitt Romney had 1,579,476 people talking about his page compared with 1,354,550 for President Barack Obama

Yes, people are making fun of it.

a.abcnews.com

"It is interesting to note that you eat your breakfast discs with plastic boxes as a garnish."
 
2012-08-16 01:48:50 PM  

sweetmelissa31: "It is interesting to note that you eat your breakfast discs with plastic boxes as a garnish."


Laughter LOL
 
2012-08-16 01:56:35 PM  

Lando Lincoln: Facebook's public "Talking About" figure showcases the number of people interacting with content on a Facebook page. This is the sum number of people who have liked, shared, or commented on page's content over a seven-day period. As of 12:30 a.m. Thursday, Mitt Romney had 1,579,476 people talking about his page compared with 1,354,550 for President Barack Obama.

In my own personal Facebook experience, there's a shiatload of butthurt Republican friends and family members spamming ridiculous political bullshiat on Facebook these days. The moderates in my family don't post anything political at all and have requested others to tone it down, and the liberals post a few things here and there but for the most part avoid talking politics on Facebook. I've unsubscribed from a good deal of people lately just because I don't want their political beliefs tainting my perception of them, and once the election's over, maybe they'll calm the fark down and be normal humans again.

I don't like to talk politics or religion with people I am friends with and/or am related to. It just sows division and I've learned the hard way not to do that. I've got Fark to argue politics and religion with, not my cousins or friends.


And to be fair, a LOT of the Facebook sharing that I've seen about Mitt has been of the "Can you believe this guy actually said this?" variety. Talking about Mitt doesn't mean support. Sometimes people talking about you is pointing and laughing...
 
2012-08-16 02:47:20 PM  

Lando Lincoln: I don't like to talk politics or religion with people I am friends with and/or am related to. It just sows division and I've learned the hard way not to do that. I've got Fark to argue politics and religion with, not my cousins or friends.


Bingo
 
2012-08-16 02:52:35 PM  
Clearly.

www5.pcmag.com

dtdstudios.com
 
2012-08-16 03:06:27 PM  
I had candidate look me square in the eye and lament about how he could be losing because he had so many more Facebook friends than his opponent. I laughed so hard...
 
2012-08-16 03:06:51 PM  
Sheer numbers don't tell the tale of how you're being received on the internet. A page getting DOS'd isn't necessarily popular, but it sure is getting a lot of hits.
 
2012-08-16 03:08:09 PM  
Makes sense to me. Republicans are incredibly annoying on Facebook. I thought everyone knew that.

I remove people from my feed if they post more than one political thing in a day. I've never had to use that policy on a liberal.
 
2012-08-16 03:09:21 PM  
TFA: People are dumb and I substitute my own definitions for accepted reality.
 
2012-08-16 03:11:48 PM  
Well, the set of numbers I chose to look at is bigger for the candidate I support than the same set of numbers for the candidate I don't.

Therefore the candidate I support is automatically president and the candidate I don't support has to be in the same room while MySpace and Google+ make babies.
 
2012-08-16 03:12:20 PM  
www.fybertech.com
 
2012-08-16 03:12:22 PM  

Duke Phillips' Singing Bears: Sheer numbers don't tell the tale of how you're being received on the internet. A page getting DOS'd isn't necessarily popular, but it sure is getting a lot of hits.


This is also the guy who's been accused of using bots to make fake twitter friends and the like so I'll take this 'news' with a grain of salt so large it would make Charlie Sheen sit up and take notice.

/It's just salt, Charlie, chill.
 
2012-08-16 03:12:41 PM  

sweetmelissa31: Mitt Romney had 1,579,476 people talking about his page compared with 1,354,550 for President Barack Obama

Yes, people are making fun of it.

[a.abcnews.com image 320x240]

"It is interesting to note that you eat your breakfast discs with plastic boxes as a garnish."


Mitt Romney just made me hungry for pancakes. Clearly this means he'll win this fall.
 
2012-08-16 03:13:13 PM  
i194.photobucket.com
 
2012-08-16 03:14:45 PM  

thurstonxhowell: Makes sense to me. Republicans are incredibly annoying on Facebook. I thought everyone knew that.

I remove people from my feed if they post more than one political thing in a day. I've never had to use that policy on a liberal.


Maybe I'm just young and foolish, but how is discourse in this country going to get better if we never talk about politics with the people we're close to? Seems to me like if we can't rely on Congress to work together instead of talking last each other, eventually we the people are gonna need to step out of our bubbles and actually discuss these things?

If its impolite to discuss politics at work, with family, with friends, on Facebook, at parties, then when are we supposed to talk about these things with one another?
 
2012-08-16 03:15:16 PM  
A Google search for Obama returns 129 million hits, while a Google search for Romney returns 215 million. Therefore Romney is just about twice as popular as Obama with the Internet
 
2012-08-16 03:15:19 PM  
i.chzbgr.com
 
2012-08-16 03:15:29 PM  
how much do you pay for a click?
 
2012-08-16 03:15:33 PM  
It's amazing how many "likes" you can get when you have tens of thousands of Facebook and Twitter bots.
 
2012-08-16 03:15:47 PM  
I quick glance at my browser history has shown Romney has this election in the bag, although redtube.com also has a lot of support.
 
2012-08-16 03:16:32 PM  

cameroncrazy1984: That assumes that the people "interacting" with Mitt Romney's fb page are all positive. Somehow I doubt this.


This is true. I interact with Romney's page as do many others countering his lies with facts.
 
2012-08-16 03:16:35 PM  

CorporatePerson: If its impolite to discuss politics at work, with family, with friends, on Facebook, at parties, then when are we supposed to talk about these things with one another?


Never. Politics, like religion, should never extend beyond the tip of your nose
 
2012-08-16 03:17:01 PM  

thurstonxhowell: Makes sense to me. Republicans are incredibly annoying on Facebook. I thought everyone knew that.

I remove people from my feed if they post more than one political thing in a day. I've never had to use that policy on a liberal.



Don't remove them, comment using linked facts that dispute their assertions until they remove you.

/fire with fire
 
2012-08-16 03:17:21 PM  

impaler: I quick glance at my browser history has shown Romney has this election in the bag, although redtube.com also has a lot of support.


try farktube.com instead, the video descriptions alone are worth it
 
2012-08-16 03:17:53 PM  

CorporatePerson: thurstonxhowell: Makes sense to me. Republicans are incredibly annoying on Facebook. I thought everyone knew that.

I remove people from my feed if they post more than one political thing in a day. I've never had to use that policy on a liberal.

Maybe I'm just young and foolish, but how is discourse in this country going to get better if we never talk about politics with the people we're close to? Seems to me like if we can't rely on Congress to work together instead of talking last each other, eventually we the people are gonna need to step out of our bubbles and actually discuss these things?

If its impolite to discuss politics at work, with family, with friends, on Facebook, at parties, then when are we supposed to talk about these things with one another?


The problem is, I don't think we really can anymore. Discourse has broken down. We're not even working from the same set of basic assumptions anymore, and we've got different sets of facts. Hell, words don't even mean the same thing to different people. There is literally no way to talk about these things. We're doomed.

hhhuuuuuuuuhhh

DOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOMED.
 
2012-08-16 03:22:02 PM  
Rmoney has a secret weapon.

littlegreenfootballs.com

Why yes...it is money, how did you guess?
 
2012-08-16 03:22:09 PM  
Well not farktube, I think you know what I mean.
 
2012-08-16 03:24:23 PM  

Fluorescent Testicle: [i.chzbgr.com image 500x336]


It's... beautiful...
 
2012-08-16 03:24:33 PM  

CorporatePerson: thurstonxhowell: Makes sense to me. Republicans are incredibly annoying on Facebook. I thought everyone knew that.

I remove people from my feed if they post more than one political thing in a day. I've never had to use that policy on a liberal.

Maybe I'm just young and foolish, but how is discourse in this country going to get better if we never talk about politics with the people we're close to? Seems to me like if we can't rely on Congress to work together instead of talking last each other, eventually we the people are gonna need to step out of our bubbles and actually discuss these things?

If its impolite to discuss politics at work, with family, with friends, on Facebook, at parties, then when are we supposed to talk about these things with one another?


It's not about politeness. it's about not wanting to listen to your uncle yammer on about that "Got-damned Obama!" while you're trying to watch football. People who are ill-informed but loudly opinionated don't want their ideas challenged or their minds changed. They also often happen to be conservative more often than not.

My old college professor is as liberal as they come and posts sh*t about GMO being evil almost daily, and is on and on about Big Pharma and the rest of the usual, whacky stuff on the far left. At least she accepts facts like evolution as true though, and isn't buying into conspiracy theories, gold buggery, birtherism and all the other veiled fascism from the far right. She also won't judge and toss insults at you if you disagree with her, and I have disagreed with her on several issues many times.
 
2012-08-16 03:25:48 PM  

Jackson Herring: Well not farktube, I think you know what I mean.


I just assumed that Drew had leveraged foobies.
 
2012-08-16 03:25:53 PM  
Anybody else look at those screenshots and notice the difference in the number of "Likes" each candidate had?
 
2012-08-16 03:26:02 PM  

Jackson Herring: Well not farktube, I think you know what I mean.


Well... It might have no erotic value whatsoever, but watching SkinnyHead get railed by TPoC would be funny as hell.
 
2012-08-16 03:26:53 PM  
Did Drew give the Unlikely tag the day off?
 
2012-08-16 03:27:40 PM  
FW: FW: FW: FW: FW: FW: FW: FW: FW: FW:

I bet he gets more emails too.
 
2012-08-16 03:32:38 PM  

Mentat: CHALLENGE ACCEPTED

[img803.imageshack.us image 474x637]


I dunno. Romney strikes me more of Deflator Mouse than Sewer Urchin.
 
2012-08-16 03:33:48 PM  

cameroncrazy1984: That assumes that the people "interacting" with Mitt Romney's fb page are all positive. Somehow I doubt this.


Exactly this... They are somehow confusing the (relatively accurate) 'no such thing as bad publicity' thing with the reality of the internet. We've never had anything like the internet before, and it's still impossible to accurately gauge it. BFD if he has more 'attention', it could just as easily being everyone trying to figure out how today's position conflicts with yesterday's, or how they are going to explain it away. This doesn't directly translate into 'I'm a-gonna vote for Mr. Mitt!!'.
 
2012-08-16 03:35:41 PM  
But Gore invented the intarweb.
 
2012-08-16 03:37:25 PM  

Fluorescent Testicle: Jackson Herring: Well not farktube, I think you know what I mean.

Well... It might have no erotic value whatsoever, but watching SkinnyHead get railed by TPoC would be funny as hell.


j.wigflip.com
 
2012-08-16 03:38:01 PM  
WaPo has a mentionmachine that shows Romney has 456,360 mentions on Twitter this week, while Obama only has 376,847. Romney clearly has this election in the bag.
 
2012-08-16 03:41:11 PM  

sweetmelissa31: Fluorescent Testicle: Jackson Herring: Well not farktube, I think you know what I mean.

Well... It might have no erotic value whatsoever, but watching SkinnyHead get railed by TPoC would be funny as hell.

[j.wigflip.com image 257x257]


i.imgur.com
 
2012-08-16 03:48:27 PM  
Vincent Harris ran digital operations for Speaker Newt Gingrich and Governor Rick Perry's 2012 Presidential campaigns.
 
2012-08-16 03:54:15 PM  
There is no such thing as bad publicity, even when people mention Romney while passing this image on.

queerty-prodweb.s3.amazonaws.com
 
2012-08-16 03:55:04 PM  

CorporatePerson: thurstonxhowell: Makes sense to me. Republicans are incredibly annoying on Facebook. I thought everyone knew that.

I remove people from my feed if they post more than one political thing in a day. I've never had to use that policy on a liberal.

Maybe I'm just young and foolish, but how is discourse in this country going to get better if we never talk about politics with the people we're close to? Seems to me like if we can't rely on Congress to work together instead of talking last each other, eventually we the people are gonna need to step out of our bubbles and actually discuss these things?

If its impolite to discuss politics at work, with family, with friends, on Facebook, at parties, then when are we supposed to talk about these things with one another?


You think that's bad? Try bringing up gun control.
 
2012-08-16 03:58:00 PM  

impaler: I quick glance at my browser history has shown Romney has this election in the bag, although redtube.com also has a lot of support.


Yeah, based on my own history, our next president is going to be a heavily tattooed, large-breasted woman. How progressive of us!
 
2012-08-16 04:14:14 PM  

Fry's 100th Cup of Coffee: CorporatePerson:If its impolite to discuss politics at work, with family, with friends, on Facebook, at parties, then when are we supposed to talk about these things with one another?

You think that's bad? Try bringing up gun control.


And that's it in a nutshell. We all blame our politicians for being so horrible and incompetent, and not focusing on the issues, but we're just as guilty. They don't want to talk about these things because we don't want to talk about these things.

Ever wonder why the democrats are feckless cowards who are largely unwilling to take on the Republicans and their bullshiat? It's the same reason why you'd rather keep your mouth shut rather than tell your derpy uncle he's wrong.
 
2012-08-16 04:19:43 PM  

CorporatePerson: Fry's 100th Cup of Coffee: CorporatePerson:If its impolite to discuss politics at work, with family, with friends, on Facebook, at parties, then when are we supposed to talk about these things with one another?

You think that's bad? Try bringing up gun control.

And that's it in a nutshell. We all blame our politicians for being so horrible and incompetent, and not focusing on the issues, but we're just as guilty. They don't want to talk about these things because we don't want to talk about these things.

Ever wonder why the democrats are feckless cowards who are largely unwilling to take on the Republicans and their bullshiat? It's the same reason why you'd rather keep your mouth shut rather than tell your derpy uncle he's wrong.


Reminds me of a CSB someone here on Fark told. Farker was on a tour, and the tour guide said something demonstrably false. When the tour guide was called out on it by the Farker, the rest of the tour got angry at him for arguing.
 
2012-08-16 04:24:21 PM  

qorkfiend: Reminds me of a CSB someone here on Fark told. Farker was on a tour, and the tour guide said something demonstrably false. When the tour guide was called out on it by the Farker, the rest of the tour got angry at him for arguing.


Yeah, why is it socially acceptable to flat out lie, but it's some sort of faux pa to correct said liar?
 
2012-08-16 04:33:49 PM  
At least two things wrong with the article. 1) the statement that Obama would need seven times as many people "talking about" his shiat on facebook to be "winning" the social media campaign because his facebook page has seven times as many "likes" (in fact, the only real comparison there, if facebook buzz is the metric, is the number of people in the "talking about" category), and 2) that the images used in the article show that Obama has just about 70,000 fewer people "talking about" his shiat than Romney does, when the text of the article represents the gap as closer to 200,000. Jesus fark guy, get your shiat together when you're interpreting data. Or at least get the data correct.
 
2012-08-16 04:34:42 PM  

impaler: qorkfiend: .

Yeah, why is it socially acceptable to flat out lie, but it's some sort of faux pa to correct said liar?


Because Jesus.
 
2012-08-16 04:50:34 PM  
RON PAUL
 
2012-08-16 05:01:42 PM  

CorporatePerson: Fry's 100th Cup of Coffee: CorporatePerson:If its impolite to discuss politics at work, with family, with friends, on Facebook, at parties, then when are we supposed to talk about these things with one another?

You think that's bad? Try bringing up gun control.

And that's it in a nutshell. We all blame our politicians for being so horrible and incompetent, and not focusing on the issues, but we're just as guilty. They don't want to talk about these things because we don't want to talk about these things.

Ever wonder why the democrats are feckless cowards who are largely unwilling to take on the Republicans and their bullshiat? It's the same reason why you'd rather keep your mouth shut rather than tell your derpy uncle he's wrong.


Or because some of us have the common courtesy not to start arguments at the dinner table. But you know, Uncle Derpy doesn't play by those rules and neither do his pals. :-D
 
2012-08-16 05:28:44 PM  

Citrate1007: RON PAUL


If popularity on the internet decided our elections, we'd have President Battlestar Galactica

---Red State Update
 
2012-08-16 05:42:30 PM  

Skleenar: If popularity on the internet decided our elections, we'd have President Battlestar Galactica

Boobs.

/FTFY.
//Not that this would be a bad thing.
///LEFT BOOB/RIGHT BOOB 2012.
 
2012-08-16 05:45:22 PM  

Fluorescent Testicle: Skleenar: If popularity on the internet decided our elections, we'd have President Battlestar Galactica Boobs.

/FTFY.
//Not that this would be a bad thing.
///LEFT BOOB/RIGHT BOOB 2012.


That's so titillatingly bipartisan.
 
2012-08-16 06:28:30 PM  
This must be Karl Rove's "The Internets", which are about as reality based as his "The Math".
 
2012-08-16 08:36:43 PM  

Neeek: I dunno. Romney strikes me more of Deflator Mouse than Sewer Urchin.


FYI, it's not 'Deflator Mouse', it's 'Die Fledermaus'. It's german for 'The Bat'.

/I can almost see the light going on over your head from here...
 
2012-08-16 09:42:43 PM  

Jackson Herring: sweetmelissa31: Fluorescent Testicle: Jackson Herring: Well not farktube, I think you know what I mean.

Well... It might have no erotic value whatsoever, but watching SkinnyHead get railed by TPoC would be funny as hell.

[j.wigflip.com image 257x257]

[i.imgur.com image 500x608]


Disturbing, yet awesome.
 
2012-08-17 01:43:17 AM  
Somebody please post how to get to the internet where Mitt is winning... I want to see!
 
2012-08-17 02:04:01 AM  

Neeek: I dunno. Romney strikes me more of Deflator Mouse than Sewer Urchin.


0.tqn.com

/What Deflator Mice might look like.
 
2012-08-17 08:01:38 AM  
Social media data is junk. Paying attention to it is worse than a waste of time, it will mislead you.
 
2012-08-17 08:13:41 AM  

cameroncrazy1984: That assumes that the people "interacting" with Mitt Romney's fb page are all positive. Somehow I doubt this.


My most recent interaction with his Facebook page was to share a photo of his someone shared with me. sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net

With in-character snark by Chicago wizard Harry Dresden:

"That's great, we were running low on division, anger, and hate around here. If we don't replenish our supplies soon hippie communes will start cropping up. I don't think anyone wants that."
 
2012-08-17 11:57:30 AM  

NateGrey: Rmoney has a secret weapon.

[littlegreenfootballs.com image 500x305]

Why yes...it is money, how did you guess?


Yep, fake hits. At first I was all "Do they really think we're stupid enough to not catch them at this?" but then it hit me like a punch with a frozen fist to the stomach, they don't care if we catch them. Their "news" outlets report the upsurge, ignore the immediate reports about it being fake, and the Base is happy.

Christ, this country is farked up.
 
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