For the first time, the strategic use of social media could determine the outcome of the Wisconsin governor’s election in 2010.
Each of the three current candidates for governor are using the now-familiar applications of Facebook and Twitter.
Democrat Tom Barrett took his campaign a step farther this week when he hosted a live web video chat with voters. Nearly 2,000 Wisconsinites joined the first “Ask Tom” online discussion, in which Barrett fielded questions.
Barrett used the forum to reiterate that his two top priorities as the mayor of Milwaukee have been public safety and job creation. Barrett cited success with the city’s declining crime rates and the recent triumphs of the Milwaukee 7 bringing Spanish companies Talgo Inc. and Ingeteam Inc. to the city with jobs.
As governor, Barrett said he would favor providing tax incentives to employers that create jobs in Wisconsin.
The chat used web video streaming technology from UStream.TV and chat moderation software provided by Cover It Live.
– BizTimes Milwaukee