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Charming dancers in America!

24 Jun

Nice to know that there are as many websites where Angela Merkel presents herself. Me too, I didn’t know that she is even running a profile in a social network. Well then, let’s see what we are going to find out about Barack Obama’s presence in the internet. Before I start, I am sure about one thing:  there will be much stuff to get through!

First of all, I found out that Barack Obama has written an autobiography which firstly was published in 1995, but was re-publicated in August 2004. It is called “Dreams from my father – A story of race and inheritance” and principally is about his intricate life without a father and relates different racial experiences he has made. Receptions say it is a very “intimate” and “evocative” book. Here you can read a nice summary and reception of it.

Of course, I was interested if Angela Merkel has also written an autobiography – she has not. There are some books about her, but all of them are written by different authors.

In a blog about Online Marketing I have read a very interesting article by Pablo Palatnik with the very appropriate title: “Obama Web 2.0 Strategy Brought Politics 2.0 to Life. An Online Marketing Presidential Strategy.” Palatnik says:

“Obama not only created a campaign online, what he created, essentially, was movement of the masses.

How true if we sight how many people are in contact with Obama on his accounts in MySpace, twitter, youtube and facebook.

On facebook, there are 9.079.346 persons that are linked to Barack Obamas account and the number grows from day to day. To compare, on Angela Mekel’s facebook account there are sparse 36.578 linked persons.

Another interesting aspect is, that even Michelle Obama exhibits a big presence in the internet. On her facebook account there are actually 1.312.198 persons who follow her website! Here you see a picture from may 2010 that Michelle Obama has in her Photo album on facebook. To my mind the Obama’s seem to be  very personal and touchable which is very impressive.

Maybe I should tell them about that and send a comment to the Obama’s by making use of  The White House blog. There it says that one can send

“questions, comments, concerns, or well-wishes to the President or his staff”. Very nice!

John McCain, Obamas opponent in the election of 2008 and the actual senator of Arizona, followed suit: he is also running the same profiles as Obama and  administrates an own blog. There you can read, of course among other things, his biography and watch his latest youtube vidoes. Most of them have a political content, but one video striked me – Jay Leno, a famous American stand-up comedian and television host, asked McCain ten funny questions. You can see it here. I have to confess that John McCain seems personable (even when his answers are not as spontaneous as he pretends) but nevertheless to my mind he is not comparable to Obama!

To end with a cherry on the cake – here I found a funny and charming video on youtube about Michelle and Barrack Obama!

So, to ask a bit ambiguous: what do YOU think who is ultimately the best performer?


Smiling faces in Germany?

22 Jun

Today, I was really surprised when I started the research for our first blog entry. I want to answer the question: How does Angela Merkel present herself in the media – especially focussing on the internet?

Before I looked for information in the internet, I thought Angela Merkel would not be that present because I have never heard of her having a website. But when I tiped in her name at google I found quiet astonishing results! She has actually a website, is on facebook, youtube, a German social network and she is present on a special blog of her party, the CDU. This blog was originally intenting to support Angela Merkel and her party during the elections of 2009 – look here. But the people behind the website want to keep on supporting Angela Merkel after the elections. And in addition to that, the government also provides a website where everyone can read information about her.

On her facebook-profile, the users are leveling criticism at Angela Merkel:

Sie sind ein versager in der Politik

It seems that she is not that popular and that her profile is not only visited by fans.

For the elections on 27th september 2009, Angela Merkel wanted to convince voters to vote for her party. In order to achieve that, a video was linked on her youtube-channel.

She appears to be very serious, calm and especially anxious to say the right words – I think, she learnt her speech by hard or read it from a paper while the video was being shooted. I don’t believe that this video actually motivates young people to go voting because she presents herself as a stiff and humorless person. I am not saying she has to smile all the time and pretend she is funny and up to date, but I would appreciate German politicians to be a little bit more loose and to present their political aims more enthusiastically. She just does not appeal to a lot of younger voters, I think.

On her own website, there is a column that is called “Angela Merkel privat”. She talks about her hobbies – to promenade, to cook and to do gardening. She likes classic music, likes to hike in the Alps and wants to drive from Moscow to Vladivostok with the trans-siberian railway. With these facts, she tries to open up to the voters who want to get to know her, but it still seems to be forced on her. The website of the government reveals more information about her – you can find out what name her husband has 😉

Her opponent Frank-Walter Steinmeier during elections 2009, goes a bit further. He talks about his wife, his daughter and how he watches movies with his daughter in the cinema.

On Angela Merkel’s website, interested users can fill in a form to get in contact with her, and on Frank-Walter Steinmeier’s website, it is even possible to email him.

Now, I am interested what Ina finds out about American politicians, especially Barack Obama!

Stay tuned to our blog 🙂