2016 Election and Social Media: A Twitter Chat

“Thinking isn’t agreeing or disagreeing. That’s voting.” – Robert Frost

The 2016 Election campaign for President of the United States has been one of the more treacherous in recent history. From Republican nominee Donald Trump’s numerous outlandish statements to Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton’s email scandal, we have seen and read things on social media that will resonate as we vote on November 8.

This run for the White House has also played out on social media in a way that really has not been seen before. While President Barack Obama’s first campaign for president used social media to get the word out, it wasn’t until his re-election campaign that we saw a heavier use. In 2016, we have seen the full force of social networks, good and bad.

How did social media influence the 2016 election?

The day after our nation goes to the polls, my Social Networking students from the University of Maryland’s Department of Communication will host a Twitter chat on Social Media and the 2016 Election. The chat will take place from 2:10 to 3:10 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 9. The questions we’ll be answering are:

  • Which candidate’s social media page had a greater influence on your voting decision?
  • How did you find out who won the presidency?
  • Has the increased use of social media in this Presidential Election gotten you more involved in politics?
  • Did social media make the candidates look bad, changing your choice to not vote, write-in, or third-party?
  • Do Facebook opinion stories shape some people’s views because some may take it for fact?
  • Did partisan attacks and counter attacks on social and media have an effect on how you voted?
  • Donald Trump gained a tremendous amount of social media exposure. Do you think this help or hurt his campaign ?
  • How should candidates help transform their social media followers into votes?
  • What effect did memes, gifs have on your vote for President?
  • Would you be willing to be a social media manager for a presidential candidate?

This is sure to be a chat that you’ll enjoy and have a chance to discuss the election, without worrying about what side of the aisle you stand on. Make sure you use the #Comm398x hashtag!

We’ll “see” you on Nov. 9 at 2:10 p.m.

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