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Being ‘Friended’ by a Politician

Politician on DaisI was on Facebook recently, minding my own business  (Well, ok, I was minding everyone else’s business.  I was on Facebook.) when I got a “friend” request from from someone I didn’t know. Nothing unusual there.  I’m sure we all get tons of requests from strangers.  In fact, a vast majority of my “friends” are other Realtors who, I guess, just search for other Realtors using social media.

I’ll also admit to being a little bit of a Facebook and Twitter whore.  You know, just “friend” or “follow” and 9 times out of 10, I’ll reciprocate.  Hey, I have an ego and lots of friends and followers (I particularly like followers) are nice.

Well, anyway, there I was just clicking around when I saw this request and, of course, there is really very limited information about the person.  Maybe some mutual firends or a little personal info but not much else.  So, I decided to accept and check into it a little more.  I could always un-friend later.

Is She a Realtor or a Politician?  She’s Both!

It turns out this woman — a member of the State Senate — showed her Realtor card first in the Employer line up…then attorney…then, oh yeah, State Senator. What’s really baffling is that I’m not even a direct constituent.  She actually represents another Legislative District.

The more I thought about it, the more baffled I was.  I’m not a huge contributor to individual campaigns. Sure, I give a decent amount to RPAC (and you should, too) and there are a couple of individuals I particularly like but this State Senator wasn’t someone on my radar screen.  Then the light bulb went off.  Of course, the Senator of Facebook has some diligent staffer busily accumulating friends in the event they might provc useful down the road.

Can I Be Co-Opted Through Social Media?

You know, there are a couple of business folks I work with because they’re in the social media circle. The title guy I use is competent, thorough and on Facebook.  A lender I worked with for years recently jumped on Facbook and I decided to stick with him anyway.  However, I’ve also seen all manner of other vendors want to hook up with me on Facebook and Twitter and sorta, kinda hope I’ll refer them some business.  I’m wondering if this politician (or her staffer) is thinking the same thing.

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Is it a good political strategy to get as many friends and followers as possible in the hopes of garnering a legion of supporters and/or contributors?  I guess it worked for Obama.  Can it work for the local guys, too?

A Postscript

Benn, get well. Stay well. Live long and prosper.  My thoughts are with you, dude…and with Lani.

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“Loves sunrise walks on the beach, quaint B & Bs, former Barbie® boyfriend..." Ken is a sole practitioner and Realtor Extraordinaire in the beautiful MD Suburbs of DC. When he's not spouting off on Agent Genius he holds court from his home office in Glenn Dale, MD or the office for RE/MAX Advantage Realty in Fulton, MD...and always on the MD Suburbs of DC Blog



  1. Benn Rosales

    December 20, 2009 at 8:48 am

    Ken, bless you. We’ll be always be well with friends like you.

  2. Missy Caulk

    December 20, 2009 at 12:25 pm

    Ken, I actually have about 423 people friending me that I have not friended back. It just got too much. I have a group now for just about everyone, so if they don’t fit my group then I just wait, it was just getting unmanageable.

    I do think the politicians are going to be using (or hiring) more social media “specialists.”
    I know the Gov of MI is following me on A2BreakingNews on Twitter, it says verified. And I am following and communicating with Terry Lenn Land our Secretary of State. Heck if they want to talk I’ll talk back. LOL

    • Ken Montville

      December 21, 2009 at 2:59 pm

      Amen to that, Missy. I hope more politicians understand that social media is a two way street and not just another avenue for their advertising.

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    December 20, 2009 at 1:10 pm

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    December 20, 2009 at 1:24 pm

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  7. Matthew Rathbun

    December 20, 2009 at 4:45 pm

    President Obama’s staff did a good job of engaging consumers in social media. I doubt they had to go out and look for folks 🙂

    During our last election here in the Commonwealth, I followed two people who were running for office and both (or their staff) actually answered questions I posed on their Facebook page.

    I know one of them as a fellow homeschooler and it was great to follow the day to day progress of their election and ultimate win.

    I suppose it has a place, but in my instance they were people who I would actually vote for.

    • Ken Montville

      December 21, 2009 at 2:57 pm

      It’s always nice to be on the same page with politicians that connect via social media. In my case, the person following me is just fine with me, politically, but there really isn’t much I can do for her since she’s in another legislative district. Maybe through a few bucks her way? I gotta sell another house, first. 🙂

  8. The Social REALTOR

    December 20, 2009 at 5:10 pm

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    December 20, 2009 at 11:46 pm

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    December 21, 2009 at 1:26 am

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  11. TucsonKent

    December 21, 2009 at 9:09 am

    Sometimes having a politician on your friend list can be beneficial – I had a situation where the city building inspector didn’t show up…my rant on FB was noticed by the mayor…my inpsection was completed 45 minutes later with apologies.

    • Ken Montville

      December 21, 2009 at 2:55 pm

      Now, that’s the way social media ought to work!

  12. Gwen Banta

    December 21, 2009 at 8:09 pm

    Ken, if I friend you, will you throw a few bucks my way? My party is strictly social. It’s the BYO party. No contribution is too small.

    BTW – I’ve been missing from action. What happened to Benn? All the comments have me very concerned…

    • Ken Montville

      December 21, 2009 at 8:15 pm

      Not a problem, Gwen. The check’s in the mail. Or if you’d like I can wire it….just send me your account number, routing number…..

      I don’t know all the details about Benn. Obviously, he’s well enough to comment here on AG. I heard he ended up in the hospital with a heart issue. I only know stuff from following a few of Lani’s tweets.

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