Social Media for Political Junkies
... and other political apps.
Vice president, media and public affairs / Engage — Tampa
President / VoterBuzz — Bradenton
Political consultant Andrea Torkelson wanted to make it easier for people on the go to track their favorite political candidates. Campaign websites, she notes, don't always translate well to mobile phones, and not everybody is on Facebook. To bridge the gap, she's come up with a free app for iPhone and Android called VoterBuzz. The app, available later this month, allows users to follow and interact with campaigns. Campaigns or candidates pay VoterBuzz, which gives them a dedicated profile for posting photos and sharing information about events through a newsfeed. The app allows campaigns to ask supporters polling questions. Supporters, meanwhile, can purchase event tickets, RSVP to events and post a link from VoterBuzz on their Facebook or Twitter pages.
Partner, director of business development / ShuffleCloud — St. Augustine
Other Political Apps
PolitiFact: The St. Petersburg Times' Pulitzer Prize-winning PolitiFact project now has a $1.99 app. It allows users to track the truthfulness of claims made by candidates, politicians and pundits. (Editor's note: Florida Trend is owned by Times Publishing Co., which also owns the St. Petersburg Times.)
FL Capitol Connection: After a stint as deputy chief of staff to former U.S. Sen. George LeMieux, Vivian Myrtetus launched a free app that makes it easy to contact Florida's elected officials. It provides links to photos as well as official contact information, office locations and committee assignments. Myrtetus currently serves as chief of staff to the Florida Department of Children and Families.