We noted a story today where Facebook is apparently struggling for profitability. Apparently, though it has 150 million people telling each other what they’re doing right now, they can’t figure out how to cash in.
And that got us thinking about the various candidates who have Facebook pages. (Some of our commenters were bragging about who had more “Friends”. And just to let you know that a Facebook Friend and $4.75 will get you a small coffee at Starbucks…)
So, just for the goofyness of it, we note that on Facebook…
Jim Suttle has 230 supporters.
Jim Vokal has 197 supporters.
Hal Daub has 142 supporters…but has two other pages (for some reason) on which each has 46 supporters. We didn’t have the patience to see how many of these overlap, but he may then have somewhere between 142 and 234 supporters.
So what does all this mean? Diddly.
Did you know that Jim Esch has 1,126 Facebook supporters, while Lee Terry has 198?
How’d that work out for each of them?
Or that Jeff Fortenberry and Max Yashirin each have 328?
(And we’ll not make a big deal between “Friends” and “Supporters”, though we understand the difference.)
In any case, here’s what we CAN gain from Facebook:
Jim Vokal’s favorite movie is Shawshank Redmption, he likes U2 and Etta James (who is threatening to whoop Beyonce’s ass), and his favorite quote is Gahdi’s:
“An ounce of practice is worth more than tons of preaching.“
Hal Daub’s favorite movies include the Bourne trilogies, he likes B.B. King and Chopin, and one of his favorite quotes is Churchill’s:
“If you’re not a liberal at 20, you have no heart. If you’re not a conservative at 40, you have no mind.“
Jim Suttle…apparently thinks you should mind your own damn business and get back to work.
Well, that was fun, right?
A couple of campaign video notes:
Jim Vokal has a new video up on his website (and YouTube) where he discusses his solutions to the police and fire pension fund problem. And it’s a nice summary and all but….
The production quality is just horrendous. First, it looks to be filmed on a pocket camera. There is no additional lighting. The sound is awful — no external microphones were apparently used. It sounds like Vokal is in a tunnel. Frankly, it’s Jerry Odom-esque.
And then there’s the fact that Vokal is clearly reading everything from some sort of cue cards/teleprompter. His speaking voice isn’t natural at all and it detracts from the message. (And then there’s the fact that it’s four and a half minutes long.)
So, come on guys! We know it is expensive to get a camera crew in. But spend a couple of bucks on it if you’re going to put it out there. And please don’t have Jim reading to the camera. We like the “directly addressing the camera” thing, but if you can’t do it (well) without notes, don’t do it.
Instead, try putting up bullet points or pictures, and narrate over it. Or just make it dramatically shorter. Chop it up and have him make each point off the top of his head, then edit it together. There’s not a kid with a Mac that could whip this together? (And get it under a couple minutes or so. Over four is a looong time to ask people to watch.)
We don’t ask for much.
And then, we’ll just throw out to the Daub campaign, that we see Dave Nelson from Secret Penguin video’s has left the scene. Nelson gave one of the testimonials (that we like) on Daub’s site. Nelson spoke about Daub’s support for the skatepark while he was Mayor.
But apparently Nelson wasn’t happy that the Daub campaign didn’t use Secret Penguin’s services (or an Omaha web firm’s, so he says) to create their webpage. But then, as we noted the other day, Jim Suttle’s campaign hired Secret Penguin to do an extra webpage for their campaign. And voila, Nelson became a Suttle supporter!
And poof went his vid from the Daub page.
Ah well. We still like the other six.
Chuck Hagel will apparently become a professor at Georgetown University.
Well…we always knew he was good at lecturing people…