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Twibbon campaigns launched in Maryland

John Wagner


Political campaigns across the country are continuing to make use of social media in new and creative ways. The latest in the Maryland governor's race: a Twibbon battle.

Through use of an application called Twibbon, both Facebook and Twitter allow their users to paste icons on their profile pictures to show support for a cause of most any sort. As of Wednesday morning, Twibbon advertised 47,782 possibilities.

Ehrlich twibbon.jpgOn Friday, the campaign of former Maryland governor Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R) became one of those. Ehrlich invited his 21,654 (and counting) Facebook supporters to slap what looks like an Ehrlich bumper sticker across the top or bottom of their profile pictures. We've pasted an example of a supporter who did just that here.

O'Malley twibbon.jpgOn Tuesday, Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) added a similar solicitation on his campaign's Facebook page, telling his 8,099 (and counting) supporters that a Twibbon icon is "like a virtual yard sign." O'Malley's sticker fills the lower right quarter of one's profile picture. O'Malley has stuck one on the photo on his personal Facebook page, as you can see here.

Someone at the Ehrlich campaign, it appears, is closely monitoring O'Malley's Facebook activity. Shortly after the O'Malley Twibbon posting Tuesday, the Ehrlich camp fired back on Facebook: "It only took Martin O'Malley 72 hours to follow Bob's lead with a 'twibbon' campaign on Facebook. Will he follow Bob's lead and pledge to lower Maryland's tax burden?"

We expect that one to be fought out on Facebook and elsewhere over the next six months.


By John Wagner  |  May 5, 2010; 8:15 AM ET
Categories:  2010 Elections , John Wagner  | Tags: Facebook, Martin O'Malley, Maryland governor, Robert Ehrlich, Twibbon, Twitter  
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Comments

Don't the Ehrlich's know that to lower Maryland's tax burden you'd have to cut spending? Bob Ehrlich increased spending more than any other governor in the history of the state!

That "someone" at Bob Ehrlich's campaign who is closely monitoring O'Malleys facebook page is probably his son Drew, who could probably do a better job at governing than his DJ/Lobbyist Dad.

Posted by: hamsandwich | May 5, 2010 9:26 AM | Report abuse

Don't the Ehrlich's know that to lower Maryland's tax burden you'd have to cut spending? Bob Ehrlich increased spending more than any other governor in the history of the state!

That "someone" at Bob Ehrlich's campaign who is closely monitoring O'Malleys facebook page is probably his son Drew, who could probably do a better job at governing than his DJ/Lobbyist Dad.

Posted by: hamsandwich | May 5, 2010 9:26 AM | Report abuse

That Twibbon should be changed to "Bob Ehrlich: For Himself" or "Bob Ehrich: Looking for a tee time"...

Posted by: unrest | May 5, 2010 9:35 AM | Report abuse

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