'I voted!' elections 2010 stickers going digital
"I voted!" That bragging badge of patriotism sits jauntily on jackets, hats and shirts today, boasting of the user's dedication to the democratic process. Readers are so proud of their voting stickers, they're sending in images to this user gallery here. (You can too ...)
Some companies are getting in on the sticker craze by creating digital badges of honor.
On Facebook, clicking on an "I Voted" link puts a badge up in your Facebook news stream. On Twitter, tweeting with the hashtag #Ivoted gets you a fancy icon in your feed. The King County election Web site even has its personalized voter badge, which can be downloaded and embedded on social media sites.
FourSquare, the location-based social site, has created a new badge for users. People who check into the application while at their voting precinct and use the #Ivoted hashtag will get the badge. The site has taken it a step further, though. Rather than just handing out the virtual freebie, it will be using the check-ins to compile a map of where people are voting. It was created as a get-out-the-vote effort, encouraging civic participation through social media.
Despite the digital developments, there will always be the traditionalists in the bunch:
The "I Voted" sticker. A real-life Foursquare badge for old people.