Geosocial and the 2010 U.S. election

Before the fall elections Mark Glaser called for posts that would contribute to a big pre-election series at PBS MediaShift. It got me thinking about what social media technologies would play a role for campaigns.

Obviously Facebook is the elephant in the room following the success Barack Obama had with the platform in 2008. The presidential campaign also gave rise to the importance of Twitter for politicians.

Both platforms have seen significant growth in user adoption since 2008. But all year it seemed geosocial, or GPS-based social media, might become the latest buzz for political campaigns. It turns out that the popular geosocial platforms Foursquare and Gowalla didn’t play a big role in the election but they do show promise for 2012.

What do you think? Will we see a “Foursquarian” candidate running for president in 2012?

Read my PoliticalShift post here