The political arena began heating up on Facebook in 2011, and it should get even hotter next year, with a presidential election on tap.
Politicians and candidates appearing on the list were:
- President Barack Obama
- Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-Ohio)
- Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker
- Former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld
- Texas Gov. Rick Perry
- Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty
- Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.)
- Former Sen. George LeMieux (R-Fla.)
- Former President George W. Bush
- Rep. Mike Pence (R-Ind.)
- Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.)
- Herman Cain
- Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas)
- Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee
- Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney
- Former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.)
- Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman
- Former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson
- Rep. Tim Scott (R-S.C.)
- Former Obama adviser Elizabeth Warren
- New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie
- Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin
- Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel
From the U.S. Politics on Facebook year-in-review introduction:
This was a busy year for U.S. politicians on Facebook. Every major Republican presidential candidate announced his or her candidacy on Facebook, either through live streams of their speeches or through special Facebook-only video messages.
Even governors engaged with their constituents to highlight their agendas and legislative victories. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker weathered one recall election through posts on Facebook, and prepared to face another in 2012. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie was particularly active, joining Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg for a Facebook Live interview. Christie also hosted his own event with Education Secretary Arne Duncan.
Whether fighting for political victory or connecting one-on-one with voters, politicians made 2011 the most social year ever. As we head into 2012, Facebook users can look forward to a Facebook/NBC presidential debate and the vigor of a general election campaign sure to play out across pages, live streams, and sponsored stories.