Pelosi, Giffords Lead Democrats' Facebook Contest

By Jennifer Moire Comment

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California and Arizona Representative Gabrielle Giffords.

Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives recently passed the midway point in a three-week, new media competition, and we have a snapshot of their leaderboard, based on the number of new followers the members have generated.

Currently in first place is Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, of California, with 228 new Facebook fans and an impressive 4,754 new Twitter followers.

The next spot may come as a surprise to some observers. Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, who was shot last January in Tucson, is in second place with a total of 862 new fans, followers and subscribers — including 356 new to her official Facebook page.

The congresswoman has not served in an official capacity while she is recuperating in Texas, save for her dramatic vote on the House floor during the debt ceiling debate in August.

Her office has used social media effectively, however, sharing updates on the congresswoman’s recovery. For example, the first official photograph of Rep. Giffords following the tragedy was posted to her Facebook page.

Rounding out the top three is Representative Adam Smith from the tech-savvy state of Washington. He earned a top spot by garnering an impressive 673 new Facebook fans, the most of any member in the top 10.

Following Representative Smith in Facebook fan growth is Congressman Sam Farr, of California, who has seen 627 new Facebook fans like his page since the start of the contest on September 22. He is currently in fifth place.

The “Online All-Star Competition,” was launched by Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, of Maryland, for the second year in a row. Congressman Hoyer, coincidentally, holds the fourth place spot overall at the midway point in the contest.

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