State News Magazine recently identified the "most connected" governors in the United States. According to the magazine, only five governors in the country use four out of the five major social networking sites.
According to the article, none of them use Myspace, but all use Facebook, flickr, Twitter and YouTube. They are:
- Mike Beebe (Arkansas)
- Arnold Schwarzenegger (California)
- Deval Patrick (Massachusetts)
- Rick Perry (Texas)
- Jim Doyle (Wisconsin)
Well folks, I believe I have a sixth four-out-of-fiver for you who wasn’t listed in the article — Mitch Daniels. Looks like our governor has official accounts on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and Myspace.
Other governors identified who use three of the five social tools are Bob Riley (Alabama); Bill Ritter (Colorado); Steve Beshear (Kentucky); Martin O’Malley (Maryland); Jennifer Granholm (Michigan); Haley Barbour (Mississippi); Jon Corzine (New Jersey); Bev Perdue (North Carolina); and Christine Gregoire (Washington).
Regarding the reasons for getting involved in social media, Florida Sen. Dave Aronberg says it’s an easy decision:
It’s a no brainer for a politician to use the new media. You’re not going to be misquoted if you are the one sending out your own communication. It’s also a great way to engage the voters in a two-way conversation.