During the 2006 election, more than 1.5 million of you participated in our special political features that let you indicate which candidates you supported and which political issues mattered most to you. For the 2008 election, we have partnered with ABC News to create the 'US Politics' application that has even more features to get involved in the race. If you haven't already, add US politics to your account; it serves as a central place for all of our election features.
Some of the features this time around may sound familiar, and some are... new:
- Show your support on your profile. Most political candidates have special profiles on Facebook, which you can browse. You can "support" your favorite Candidates and they will show up in the US Politics box on your profile. You can also check out which candidates your friends support.
- Get the news. Head to the ABC News section of the US politics application to get up-to-the minute political news and videos. You can also follow ABC News field reporters embedded with each campaign, who will be posting notes, photos, videos and more from the campaign trail. You can browse all of the ABC News reporters.
- See who's winning. Track how the different presidential candidates are performing on Facebook with supporter breakdowns by state, age and gender in our Election Pulse feature. You can also see how Facebook users responded to Facebook/ABC News Election Pulses run through the Facebook Polls feature.
- Make your voice heard. Discuss the issues that are important to you in the Debate Groups. For each Debate Group, you can see how users break down demographically for each position, and review all the statements users have provided. You can also see all the Debate Groups your friends have joined. Additionally, we'll highlight the positions of presidential candidates who have taken part in each Debate Group.
- Register to vote.Thanks to Rock the Vote, you can fill out a voter registration form on Facebook to make sure you'll be eligible to vote in the primaries and the general election. Your voice will only be heard if you actually go out and vote next November. Go to the US Politics home page and click on "Register to vote" in the upper right part of the page.
Facebook is also co-hosting a presidential debate with ABC News just before the New Hampshire primary. Stay tuned for more information on that, and for additions we make to the US Politics application.
Victor, a Facebook engineer, looks forward to discussing troops leaving vs. troops staying, universal health care vs. private insurance and boxers vs. briefs.