Facebook Creates Page Showcasing the U.S. Congress

Facebook debuted a Page for the U.S. Congress on Wednesday that intends to show “how Congress is using Facebook to govern and share with constituents.” This includes how members of Congress are using Facebook, a list of members’ Pages, and related news about Facebook and Congress.

The Page has a wall that’s open to fans, and a Links tab that lists the links shared on the Page by anyone. There’s also a Resources tab which includes information on how to use Facebook.

Perhaps the best features of the Page are the US House and US Senate tabs, which feature a collection of official Facebook Pages for politicians serving in these positions. Not all 435 members of the House or all 100 senators are represented, apparently because not all of them have official Pages?

In addition to actual politicians, there are a handful of Pages dedicated to a particular committee, such as the one for the Committee on Natural Resources, Republicans or the GOP Doctors Caucus, Fixing Senate Rules or Joint Economic Committee, to give a few examples.

Facebook has been trying to make inroads with Congress for some time. It has employees reaching out to members to try to get them using the social network more for things like voter outreach. It also has been building out a public policy team, stepping up its lobbying efforts, and facing new criticism from senators over its ongoing privacy issues.

Indeed, a venture capitalist active in Washington, DC tells peHUB that more senators are looking into Facebook’s privacy problems, “motivated to make a spectacle” of the company because of Congress’ own generally low approval ratings. Given the timing of the new Page, perhaps one goal is to remind Congresspeople about the value Facebook’s service offers them — not just its value as a target.

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4 Responses to “Facebook Creates Page Showcasing the U.S. Congress”

  1. Brett Banditelli says:

    I disagree with your conclusion. Congress needs to be our vessel to speak up to corporations that refuse to listen to their users. If the corporations refuse to abide then they either move to Sweden or they close.

  2. Guest says:

    Of course they don’t all have official pages, Hell I wouldn’t be surprised if this isn’t a fake page created by a 12 yr old as well. I don’t put any trust or faith in FB pages except for the college ones – which get overrun by spam and sports nuts who are too stupid to post on the sports pages.

    You think any sane person let alone congressman/senator is going to want to have a profile that gets spammed, like this idiotic page will? No. You should see all the hate directed toward Obama in FB posts. These people won’t fare any better.

    Value FB offers?? AAAHHAHAHAH… only valuable to spammers and scammers who set up bogus FAN pages. I’d hardly call congress an organization anymore, so they don’t qualify for a FAN page. They’re broke/bankrupt.

  3. Guest says:

    I just checked that page, and if things are still setup the way they used to be, this page is being admind by THREE facebook employees. One from the govt.

    http://personaldemocracy.com/blog-entry/pdf-chat-time-adam-conner

    But just as I presumed, the wall spam has begun. No one is going to care or take this page seriously. I wonder how long it will take before they remove the photo,links tabs like the college pages have had to do.

  4. Eric Eldon says:

    Brett, I agree with your statement, but you have not yet disagreed with anything we said.

    Guest, I guess we’ll see how the Page works in the long run?

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