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Posted at 11:35 AM ET, 12/30/2010

Palin, Republicans get high marks from Facebook users

By Hayley Tsukayama

On Tuesday, Facebook asked users to weigh in on which members of Congress, politicians and government agencies best used the social network to reach constituents.

The results are in and Republicans Sarah Palin, Paul Ryan, John Thune, Scott Brown and Marco Rubio all made the list of top politicians on Facebook. All were named for their regular but unobtrusive use of their Facebook pages. One user singled out Brown’s team for knowing how to use Facebook “without being cheesy or boring."

Supporters of Republican Rep.-elect Justin Amash, who posted his reasoning for all his votes in the Michigan legislature on Facebook, expressed their gratitude for his transparency and hoped he would keep it up in Congress.

Republican governors Tim Pawlenty (Minn.), Janet Brewer (Ariz.) and Rick Perry (Texas) received high marks for their Facebook engagement as well.

While Republican politicians far outnumbered Democrats in the informal poll, California Dems led the way for their party on Facebook. Gov.-elect Jerry Brown, Attorney General-elect Kamala Harris and Rep. John Garamendi all were mentioned as excellent Facebookers. Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown also got a nod.

President Obama also was singled out by supporters and detractors as a savvy social media user. As one user pointed out, "no one has used [Facebook] better in 2010 than Obama did in 2008."

The U.S. Armed Forces -- particularly the Navy -- were commended for excellent communication through Facebook. The Marine Corps was also mentioned in the comments, with one user saying “the Marine Corps was late to the social media space, but in 2010 they really hit their stride. The Marine Corps is closing in on a million followers, which leads all other military branch Facebook sites, and they are the smallest branch of the bunch.”

Users also gave a thumbs-up to the Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Veterans Affairs, and Disability.gov for their pages.

By Hayley Tsukayama  | December 30, 2010; 11:35 AM ET
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Comments

Nothing palin says makes any logic with the country trying to get back to a somewhat order everything she says is negetive thats fine but what are her solutions the alaska education system is a joke you need to be able to do more than fish and hunt to make it in this world just ask the native americans living in the state she tried to goven

Posted by: cdwight61 | December 30, 2010 12:28 PM | Report abuse

sarah palin is a joke, why go after the first lady. Maybe if she spent more time with her family they wouldn't be in the situation they are in. Bristol, Mr. Johnson and the little boy she constantly hits on the back while making speeches to gain sympathy. Again look at the educational system in Alaska. Ask the native americans living in the state she tried to govern.

Posted by: cdwight61 | December 30, 2010 12:34 PM | Report abuse

So,as this one post so clearly shows how totally afraid of Sarah Palin,all these lefty liberals and Obamabot Democrats really are that they go into their vicious
vile attack mode at even the bare mention of Sarah Palin's name as is clearly shown by these comments from cdwight61 here and
that shows that Sarah Palin is THE ONE in
2012 NOT Lameduck One Barack Hussein Obama.
Yep,you betcha I will be glad to help elect
Sarah Palin as our new President in 2012,
just to drive these lefty loser liberals into a frenzy of freaked rage as well.

Posted by: Ralphinphnx | December 30, 2010 12:49 PM | Report abuse

Why is this news? Right wing idiots at the Post keep pushing her name, keeping her in the news whatever the pretext.

Posted by: bluethunder1 | December 30, 2010 1:13 PM | Report abuse

To Ralphinphnx,
No one is afraid of Sarah Palin. We are afraid of people like you who could even consider thinking of nominating this moron for ANY public office. She has done nothing but suck in the public to enhance her own infamy and wealth. She can't even speak effectively. Having her own "reality" show is fine, but no one with half a brain wants her hand anywhere near the nuclear button. You sound like the one in a "frenzy of freaked rage" and that's what scares people....not Sarah Palin. She is nothing without the dim wits who think she has anything to offer this country and thankfully there aren't enough of those around to elect her.

Posted by: home4rent | December 30, 2010 1:18 PM | Report abuse

Ironic, isn't it? Back in 2008, the same people who claimed Barack Obama voters were part of a cult of personality now form the biggest cult of personality on Facebook. Of course, they'll NEVER see it that way.

Posted by: JFredSmug | December 30, 2010 1:27 PM | Report abuse

Dear "Ralphininphnx"
Ralph's Address: Alternate Reality

I recently spent several days over Christmas with my family and extended family in that midwestern conservative/Republican mecca which is known as West Michigan. Please be advised that I spoke with at least 30 relatives about politics and religion (I know, we're a bit unusual in our family, but we don't ever let our conversations devolve into incivility). I didn't meet one person who spoke favorably about Ms. Palin.

There are intelligent and well-meaning people in every political party in this country. Dislike of Sarah Palin isn't restricted to "liberals" or "independents," as much as you'd like to believe otherwise.

As Oprah Winfrey said recently with regard to a potential Palin presidential run: "I trust the intelligence of the American people." I wish that I shared her confidence, but I think we're safe as far as Palin is concerned. She's going nowhere near 1600 Pennsylvania, unless she joins a public tour.

Happy New Year!

Posted by: JFredSmug | December 30, 2010 1:37 PM | Report abuse

Ralphininphnx = fool

Posted by: sshipman1 | December 30, 2010 1:43 PM | Report abuse

Yet another day at WaPo with it's mandatory coverage of the Wasilla attention $eeker.

Posted by: whocares666 | December 30, 2010 1:55 PM | Report abuse

What have this country became. Sarah Palin for President. Unbelievable.

Posted by: THATONE2 | December 30, 2010 3:03 PM | Report abuse

The State Department's Bureau of International Information Programs does a good job with their Democracy Challenge page.
http://www.facebook.com/democracychallenge

They post thought-provoking topics, and the members of the page are international. The engagement and discourse are pretty good. Plus, it's a good place to meet smart and interesting people.

Posted by: jigsawnovich | December 30, 2010 3:36 PM | Report abuse

And how many people who read this article actually have a Facebook account?

Posted by: TheNervousCat | December 30, 2010 3:49 PM | Report abuse

So does this mean that Palin is now deemed the Mean Political Queen of "Face Book".

Why is this not surprising.

Posted by: lcarter0311 | December 30, 2010 3:49 PM | Report abuse

Get this stupid lady off the pages of the paper; if right wing zombies want to follow her; let them do so on the facebook.

Posted by: bluethunder1 | December 30, 2010 4:10 PM | Report abuse

Does Sarah Palin count as a politician?

Posted by: foxtrot1 | December 30, 2010 4:15 PM | Report abuse

... now WaPo's day is complete with its follow-up headshot of the Wasilla attention $eeker.

Posted by: whocares666 | December 30, 2010 4:19 PM | Report abuse

Ralphinphnx

From all your attacks and name calling it looks like you are the one afraid of the democrats. Make up a name for Palin while your at it frat boy.

Posted by: ged0386 | December 30, 2010 4:31 PM | Report abuse

Just because a person or other entity is considered to have a successful Facebook presence does NOT also mean they are "loved." The POST TECH headline writer reminds me of what happens when children sit in a circle and pass along a whispered message. By the time this POST TECH headline writer got the message, it was totally screwed up. And I'm trying to be charitable to not blame the reporter or the print editor. But someone, somewhere, needs a basic course in understanding research. Or go to work for FOX.

Posted by: pam10 | December 30, 2010 4:32 PM | Report abuse

Ralphinphnx

I notice you had a lot of names for democrats and Obama but you failed to mention any support for Palin other than you think the liberals are afraid of her. How does that translate into leader of the country? I dont think she can liberal scare and namecall her way into the white house and solve our nations problems that way. Nor can you my friend. Say what you want about liberals and Obama, at least they have an idea for you to criticize. Republicans have yet to have an idea. I guess you think you can win back the white house by bashing Obama to death. That gets old during an election campaign. Not to mention that everyone has tried that on him and it has yet to work. Truthfully the worse thing that happen to the GOP is winning the majority back during the mid terms because voters do not want a republican majority in congress and republicans in the white house at the same time. We already know how disastrous that can be from the Bush years. The GOP was more effective as the outsider minority criticizing the majority. Now they are part of the problems again and will be judged along with the democrats and Obama. That does not work with the current strategy of saying no to everything Obama then blaming him for not getting anything done.

Posted by: ged0386 | December 30, 2010 4:38 PM | Report abuse

To Thatone2 who wrote "What have [sic] this country became [sic]." You voted for BH O'Carter, didn't you?

Posted by: IQ168 | December 30, 2010 5:30 PM | Report abuse

Hmmmm...I wasn't asked to answer a poll about Sarah Palin, and I'm a FB user. The probable reason why is that I avoid all FB apps like box office poison. It's what I do to avoid all of the pop-ups and viruses that occur when you start answering polls, playing games, and using other nonsensical applications. It's a matter of common sense.

Had I answered such a poll, I would not have listed Sarah Palin first in any poll, except for the one asking for most misinformed politician.

Posted by: tonid@hers.com | December 30, 2010 5:40 PM | Report abuse

So,could the disasterous defeat of the Democrats in Election 2010,when coupled with the strange action and corruption of
the glorius leader Barack Hussein Obama,
Federal Immigration Law Violator & employer of Illegal Aliens in her California family businesses Democrat House
Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and goofy actions of senile old Dingy Harry Reid,when
coupled with the overwhelming popularity of
the GOP on Facebook be a signal that the
Democratic Party is in "it's last throes"
before it's final demise on Election Day
2012 here? This Arizona Independent Voter
Certainly does hope so! Bye Bye Democrats.

Posted by: carleen09 | December 30, 2010 5:48 PM | Report abuse

So,could the disasterous defeat of the Democrats in Election 2010,when coupled with the strange action and corruption of
the glorius leader Barack Hussein Obama,
Federal Immigration Law Violator & employer of Illegal Aliens in her California family businesses Democrat House
Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and goofy actions of senile old Dingy Harry Reid,when
coupled with the overwhelming popularity of
the GOP on Facebook be a signal that the
Democratic Party is in "it's last throes"
before it's final demise on Election Day
2012 here? This Arizona Independent Voter
Certainly does hope so! Bye Bye Democrats.

Posted by: carleen09 | December 30, 2010 5:54 PM | Report abuse

in a way, ralph is right -- it IS pathetic the way people attack St. Sarah -- but it's also pathetic the way the Washington Post has to find a way to feature her at least once a week just to boost web hits.

they don't even care if she's connected to the story. This, for example, discusses politicians on facebook. Ms. Palin resigned from Politics last year and is now a TV personalty and lecture circuit attraction --

but, gee, look at the web hits!

Posted by: summicron1 | December 30, 2010 6:04 PM | Report abuse

Strange because most of these politicians have some one else do their postings for them!

Posted by: SpotlessCrab | December 30, 2010 6:08 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin's Facebook page is carefully watched. Anything that even questions Palin is immediately removed. That dies not equal popularity, it equals spin.

Posted by: greeenmtns | December 30, 2010 7:08 PM | Report abuse

"All were named for their regular but unobtrusive use of their Facebook pages."


Define "unobtrusive" as it applies to Sarah Palin. She calls attention to herself and her family through her Facebook page (then decries her 'lack of privacy') She uses Facebook to insult everyone, doesn't she?
Oh, and quit calling Sarah Palin a politician. She holds no current political job, she lost one in an election, and she quit the last job she had.
"Unobtrusive" use of Facebook cannot be applied to Bristol and Willow Palin. They've mis-used Facebook to offensively insult several people.

I wouldn't give too much credibility to this survey....It is Facebook, after all. The place where nobodies get to feel like they're somebody important.

Posted by: momof20yo | December 30, 2010 7:33 PM | Report abuse

JFredSmug wrote

As Oprah Winfrey said recently with regard to a potential Palin presidential run: "I trust the intelligence of the American people."
--------------------------------------------
I prefer the possibly apocryphal comment of a TV executive that "Nobody ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American people."

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Posted by: tshoes38 | December 30, 2010 8:05 PM | Report abuse

Oprah said she trusts Americans intelligence in not voting for Palin in the next election. Good luck with that. The so called intelligent electorate voted Obama!

Posted by: jamespmarion | December 30, 2010 9:18 PM | Report abuse

I have a Facebook account, but I go to it about once or twice a month to view family/friend photos. Normal people don't "lose track" of friends, so they are available easily and more intimately on e-mails or phonecalls. Facebook is actually a place that is frequented much more often by people who don't have a life. It's a way to make them think they have friends and to find out gossip. Or, in Palin's case, to get free advertising. I guess that sort of explains why there are so many Republicans on there the most frequently!

Posted by: Maerzie | December 30, 2010 9:50 PM | Report abuse

..."which members of Congress, politicians and government agencies best used the social network to reach constituents?"

Sarah Palin does not fit into this category since she is neither a members of Congress, politician or government agency? Why is she even mentioned?

Posted by: garycastille | December 30, 2010 10:26 PM | Report abuse

Sara Palin certainly IS a politician: She ran for local and statewide office and won. She also did something I wish was a requirement for all elected officials - she resigned as Governor to run for Vice-President! Not like all the senators and others who ran for President in 2008. At any given time for the first half of the year between 5 and 10% of the Senate was out campaigning rather than doing the public's business. If they are so sure they will be nominated they should resign from office and campaign full time. I'm sure that would curtail the number of candidates. Imagine being out of a job when you find out the public does not love you so much.

Posted by: Ex-Fed | December 30, 2010 11:01 PM | Report abuse

Not sure, but my bet is that the staff's of these politicians (Palin is a user who could NOT fulfill a complete term as Alaska's Governor). so by definition she disqualifies herself as a true politician, and defaults to the user category, and is the subjective face the general public mistakes as the real personality

Posted by: danglingwrangler | December 31, 2010 12:59 AM | Report abuse

It is of no surprise to me that the users of Facebook consider Palin, Republicans and the rest that are mentioned, received high marks. I have come to the conclusion that most people seem to be woefully lacking in forming any independent opinion, that said, if one see this or that on Facebook, others are likely to mimic that which has been revealed, whether it be in print or some other form.

Posted by: tbmuch | December 31, 2010 3:44 AM | Report abuse

ITz nice to learn that MRS. S A R A H P A L I N Alaska Governor, if I M not incorrect along with fellow REPUBLICANS get high marks from FACEBOOK users.
And what 'bout Mrs. Palin's thoughts for the 2012 Presidential Elections ?
Has she made her mind to contest coz she can be a strong contender for 2 0 1 2 presidential elections.

Posted by: FriendOderBrotherofBarry | December 31, 2010 4:39 AM | Report abuse

I give Sarah Palin a doubleplusgood for her use of the media.

Posted by: RickyGibson | December 31, 2010 8:37 AM | Report abuse

Golly-gee...I'm old enough to remember when no one - not even Alaskans - knew Sarah Palin and the only name needed to start a bat-crap-crazy argument and send liberal-socialist-out-n-out-commies over the edge was his excellency, Rush Limbaugh.

(liberals, who ya' gonna b!tch about -or to- when you not only don't have a job, you also don't have food, fuel, potable water and a viable currency? I wouldn't hold my breath waiting for government to save your butt!)

MORONS!

Posted by: sosueme1 | December 31, 2010 8:44 AM | Report abuse

Shame on sarah palin.

Posted by: fmamstyle | December 31, 2010 9:02 AM | Report abuse

How can Sarah Palin complain about First Lady Michelle Obama advocating that kids eat healthy. But, when former First lady Laura Bush advocated parents reading to their children to increase literacy she never complained.

She seems to use a double standard and Fox News and the other networks let it slide.

Posted by: gthornton2 | December 31, 2010 9:11 AM | Report abuse

The number of dummies in America equals the number of people that utilize Palin's facebook page.

Posted by: jkarlinsky | December 31, 2010 9:19 AM | Report abuse

Now, now before you get too excited about Sister Sarah who is a talented Grifter she has writers handling her Twitter and Facebook accounts. Take a look at her Facebook all the comments are warm, sincere and barfey. Just like Sarah, regurgatated Moose Chili.

Please do some serious research on who this Grifter is. Don't just fill up space.

Posted by: ghhugh | December 31, 2010 9:53 AM | Report abuse

Ex-Fed said: Sara Palin certainly IS a politician: She ran for local and statewide office and won. She also did something I wish was a requirement for all elected officials - she resigned as Governor to run for Vice-President!
+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

No, actually she resigned as Governor after the election. She refused to allow Alaska's Lt. Governor to temporarily take charge of the state government during the campaign and tried to run it using her two Blackberries while on the campaign trail. She quit the governorship in July of 2009, months AFTER she and McCain were defeated and she had signed her book contract. She is NOT a politician; she is a Faux News commentator and reality show star.

Posted by: sanantoniorose | December 31, 2010 10:11 AM | Report abuse

Rick Perry, Texas, using facebook???? Somehow that just doesn't fit the TEXAS image. I would imagine he has some young staffers from Austin or San Antonio that do the work--and he takes the credit.

Posted by: pgmichigan | December 31, 2010 10:38 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: cdwight61, "Nothing palin says makes any logic with the country trying to get back to a somewhat order everything she says ..."
-----------------------------------------

ROFLMAO!

Try again, using English this time.

Posted by: illogicbuster | December 31, 2010 11:31 AM | Report abuse

Ralphinphnx, you may want to try and use both hands to grab your ears and pull your head out of your a$$ so we can hear you more clearly. Your reaction to only one person who posted before you was all the justification you needed to start your screed of Foxtalk, perhaps it's time to stop being a mouthbreather who can only parrot what the $hit for brains like Glenn and Rush have to say.
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Posted by: jerrywww | December 31, 2010 4:01 PM | Report abuse

Someone said, "What have this country became. Sarah Palin for President. Unbelievable." Yup, a female George Bush....what more could Dems ask for? A shoe-in? She might give that word new meaning! Is it a sneaker or high heel? Or could it be mavericky boot?

Posted by: cokids | January 1, 2011 10:03 AM | Report abuse

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