April New Media Madness

Just in case you bracket junkies didn’t get your fill back in March during the college basketball playoffs, the House Republicans have launched the third annual New Media Challenge.  The goal is to get the most followers on Twitter, most “likes” on Facebook, and the most views on YouTube.  Overall, 90 members of the House Republican Conference have accepted the challenge.  6 out of 8 of Georgia’s Republican delegation are participating.  This week’s square-off is to see who can get the most followers on Twitter.  Here’s the match up:

Rep. Phil Gingrey (R-GA-11) (@RepPhilGingrey) vs. Rep. Steve Pearce (R-NM-2)

Rep. Lynn Westmoreland (R-GA-3) (@RepWestmoreland) vs. Homeland Security

Rep. Austin Scott (R-GA-8) (@AustinScottGA08) vs. Rep. Bob Gibbs (R-OH-18)

Rep. Jack Kingston (R-GA-1) (@JackKingston) vs. Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA-6)

Rep. Paul Broun (R-GA-10) (@RepPaulBrounMD) vs. Rep. Virgina Foxx (R-NC-5)

Rep. Tom Graves (R-GA-9) (@RepTomGraves) vs. Rep. Tom Rooney (R-FL-16)

Winners of this round will square off to see who can get the most “likes” on Facebook.  The Hill has an article about the challenge that you can take a look at as well as the brackets for the match ups.  In the mean time, go and support Georgia by following these congressmen on Twitter!  Hat Tip to Congressman Jack Kingston’s district press guy Tim Wessinger for letting us know about this challenge.


  1. Cassandra says:

    My expression that “The next POTUS will be tweeted into office,” grows legs and may cause raise awareness to new levels, for some voters. Only those that are connected can listen.

    Huge PR firm Ogilvy indicates that FB and Twitter effectively coordinated together with a calendar based messaging plan is their recipe for social media campaigns.

    Hence, the importance and conquest of the ‘digital divide’ takes on more value.


  2. Calypso says:

    I don’t have a Facebook account. I don’t have a Twitter account or follow anyone’s tweets.

    I wear both those statements as a badge of honor. That, and I don’t give a flyin’ donut what some yahoo decides to tweet what he ate for lunch today, or if she has a cold, or had a bad day at the office.

    • Cassandra says:

      However really big organizations, sovereign Nations, and pols are doing both to further their agendas.

      The effective use of FB and Twitter will propel progressive and forward thinking outfits past their competitors.

      Mastery of social media is important if you are a small business, a sole operator, or a politician now and even more so in the future.

      “Get on the bus, Gus! Make a new plan, Stan!”

        • Cassandra says:

          Fair enough, I am only here to help.

          BTW, I don’t tweet, but FB really is a wonderfully enriching part of my day. The pictures old friends post keeps them closer than email. That said, everything is recorded on a timeline for anyone to capture…

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