Friday, April 16, 2010

Protecting Your Social Media Profile

The 2008 election cycle was the first social media election. President Obama is the first U.S. President to successfully harness the power of social media to get elected. According to a post on Read Write Web from November 2008, President Obama had a major social media advantage over Senator McCain. For example, a few days before the November 2008 election Obama had 844,927 MySpace friends while Mcain had only 219,404. This major disparity was a harbinger of the future.

Even though President Obama successfully utilized social media to become President of the United States, he is not the first social media President. The first social media President will be the first elected President who has years of tweets, Facebook posts, blog entries, podcasts, etc... that will need to be reviewed by campaign managers, public relation firms, lawyers, political strategists, etc...The legal and political ramifications are mind boggling.

As of this writing, the confirmation process of Professor Goodwin Liu, a nominee to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit is in motion and questions have been raised as to why Prof. Liu did not turn over all of the documents that the Senate Judiciary Committee initially requested. As far as I know, Professor Liu does not have years of tweets, Facebook posts, blog entries, podcasts, etc...to review. However, what if he does? How would this affect his nomination?

Earlier this week, the Library of Congress announced that all public tweets will be saved for posterity. First, Google decided to archive all tweets. Now the Library of Congress will be saving all your tweets for posterity. Therefore, it is more important than ever to protect your social media profile. To learn more about these issues you may contact me at www.shearlaw.com.

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