Who Needs a Sticker? Facebook Users Change Status to 'Voted'
By Jose Antonio Vargas
We are all witnesses now.
Because of online video, because of Twitter, because of Facebook updates and MySpace blogs and blogs in general, voting today becomes a collective virtual experience.
On Facebook's Election 2008 page, users are instructed to click an "I Voted" button to let their Facebook friends know that they made it to the polls. About 10 minutes ago, more than 939,223 people said they had voted. The tally is in real time, and thousands of Facebookers are added in seconds. It's 945,492 now. A few seconds later, it's 963,262. The count grows to 985,866 in less than 10 seconds.
Adam Segal, who lives in Maryland, told The Trail via Facebook chat: "I wonder what impact it has on people wavering on whether to vote. For people that have large extended networks of friends it could be even more powerful than the traditional "I Voted" sticker. Right now it's going up about 300 to 400 per second, perhaps faster."
Segal said he hasn't voted. He's planning to go this afternoon at his precinct in Silver Spring with his wife, two daughters and baby boy.
"It's nagging at me," he wrote while sitting at work. "I want to push that "I voted" button on Facebook!"
At 10:41 a.m. EST, the count is at 1,055,788.
Posted at 10:44 AM ET on Nov 4, 2008
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