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November 7, 2016 #CommsChat on the role of social media in US elections

07/11/2016 – Due to a last minute change of circumstance, this week on #CommsChat we’ll be talking about the upcoming US election and how the role of social media is likely to influence the outcome. We’ll discuss how social media has facilitated the emergence of online communities and enhanced fundraising campaigns, as well as the potential obstacles the advent of social media has created.

The topics are as follows:

  • What role has social media played in the upcoming US election?
  • How is Twitter being used in print media? Can tweets be used as evidence?
  • Has social media facilitated the development of online communities? How?
  • Does campaign fundraising now rely on social media?
  • What are the potential pitfalls of integrating social media into an election campaign strategy?
  • How does social media compare to other, more traditional, methods of election campaigning?

Join us! We tweet from @CommsChat and #CommsChat takes place every Monday, from 8-9pm GMT. Anyone can take part in the discussion – simply follow the hashtag here or on Twitter. If you can’t make the chat or would like to revisit it, a transcript will be posted to Storify on Tuesday morning. We’d love to hear your suggestions for future topics – please get in touch with Amy at or contact us on Twitter with any ideas.

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