Sunday, November 30, 2008

Katon Dawson website

***Disclaimer***Please keep in mind that this is solely my opinion, based on observations and personal taste. It is merely meant as a guideline to encourage critical thinking.***

Katon Dawson's website is aesthetically pleasing, and easy to navigate. Contact information is displayed on each page, as well as having navigation links on each page. There is a nice bio about his experience and qualifications, and a series of links to various articles about his work. What I find lacking however, is any formal statement of what his goals and intentions are for the direction of the party. Hopefully this information will be added in the near future, in order for an informed decision to be made.

Steele for Chairman website

***Disclaimer***Please keep in mind that this is solely my opinion, based on observations and personal taste. It is merely meant as a guideline to encourage critical thinking.***

Although the candidates are rarely directly responsible for the implementation of their campaign websites, the sites are a reflection on the candidate. The information provided needs to be accessible and well organized, and the site needs to be user friendly. That being said, review number one is of Steele for Chairman.

The home page is not unattractive, but does have a template feel to it. Navigation tabs at the top make it fairly easy to move around, although not necessarily to find what you want. There are some interesting features, like the local radio station look up, that comes with encouragement on how to call and get on the air, as well as a spot to send a text message to the site from your cell phone. Although there is a blog with several updates, they are all from the same day. Also, a nice bio of the candidate, which is good to see, but not much other information on his actual views or goals for the party. Most of the content seems to be clips and links from outside sources. Hidden in the bottom right corner is a small text box with "Quick Links" containing contact and donation information, as well as details on how to get involved. (One of the links, "Join the Fight" is broken, I notified the contact email address about this). This in particular should be made much more prominent. Overall it's not a bad site, it serves it's function of providing basic information on the candidate, but with a little work, it could be greatly improved.

Index day 4

Added further info on Twitter use, including follow ratio (the number of those following to those followed) as well as ratio of updates to replies in the last 24 hours. This may be expanded to cover a greater period of time in the future.
Saul
Anuzis
Katon
Dawson
Chip
Saltsman
Michael
Steele
Facebook
2414
321
???
594
Twitter Followers
542
90
???
30
Follow Ratio
1.6:1
0.2:1
n/a
0.02:1
Update/Reply Ratio
1:3
0
n/a
0
Blog
yes
???
???
yes
RtP.ning
22
no
no
no

Why?

The RNC Candidates Tech Chart exists because this past election cycle our opponents used the tools of technology to defeat us decisively at the polls. We sat back and watched while they did. We can’t let this kind of defeat happen next time around. That’s why groups like this and this were created. Excellent first steps, but these groups will not be sufficient to secure electoral victory if the new leadership of the party is not receptive to change. This is why it is imperative to select a chairman willing to embrace the internet, and use it as fully and completely as possible to advance our cause. This index is designed to help members of the RNC decide which candidate is willing and able to do what we need, when we need it, to return the grand old party to electoral success.

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Index day 3

All caught up and moved over, here are today's numbers.
Saul
Anuzis
Katon
Dawson
Chip
Saltsman
Michael
Steele
Facebook
2414
321
???
594
Twitter
542
90
???
30
Blog
yes
???
???
yes
RtP.ning
22
no
no
no
The ??? means to the best of my knowledge and research, they are not participating in this medium of tech communication. If anyone knows differently, please comment or contact me with the information.

Index day 2

Day two evolved a bit, adding new categories as well as some notes, and a better set up. This is the rough first version of the chart, showing how the candidates compare in tech areas. Please note that I did not find a facebook page for Chip Saltsman, and I could not get the friend count for Katon Dawson, since his page is private and I am waiting on a friend confirmation. I found a blog for Saul Anuzis, and Michael Steele has a couple posts on a blog on his campaign page. I did not locate blogs for the other two candidates, however, I am planning on revising the information, so if you have information that is pertinent please comment or message me. I am also considering tracking changes in the information over time, although I would prefer this be a representation of the candidates inclination to utilize technology on a regular basis, as opposed to a contest to see who can ignore the most followers on Twitter.
Saul
Anuzis
Katon
Dawson
Chip
Saltsman
Michael
Steele
Facebook
2395
(1)
(2)
596
Twitter
408
85
(3)
26
Blog
yes
(4)
(4)
yes
RtP.ning
20
no
no
no
(1) Facebook page requires friend status to view, waiting for confirmation
(2) Possible Facebook page found, awaiting confirmation
(3) No Twitter account found
(4) No blog found
***Edited*** Second version, contains updated info, corrections and links where applicable
***Edited*** Third version includes RebuildingtheParty.ning stats
(BDL Index™ Michael Patrick Leahy)

Brain Dead Luddite Index Chart of RNC Chairman Contenders

This idea evolved from an idea of @michaelpleahy's about the tech savvy of the men who have decided to run for chairman of the RNC. It originally started as a blog post here which I was editing, however it seems a better idea to do a separate post daily. This will also allow for additional aspects of technological experience and inclination to be discussed. Hopefully this proves useful to the party and those making this critical decision. The original post:
This is the rough first version of the chart, showing how the candidates compare in tech areas. Please note that I did not find a facebook page for Chip Saltsman, and I could not get the friend count for Katon Dawson, since his page is private and I am waiting on a friend confirmation. I found a blog for Saul Anuzis, and Michael Steele has a couple posts on a blog on his campaign page. I did not locate blogs for the other two candidates, however, I am planning on revising the information, so if you have information that is pertinent please comment or message me. I am also considering tracking changes in the information over time, although I would prefer this be a representation of the candidates inclination to utilize technology on a regular basis, as opposed to a contest to see who can ignore the most followers on Twitter.