Even if it’s in somewhat mock seriousness, The Daily Show’s Rally To Restore Sanity has me fired up! But tapping into the official news about the event through social media, well, that’s been a bit disappointing.
The Rally & Twitter
When I hit the rally’s web site the day after it was announced, it pointed me to its Twitter account:
Problem was, it wasn’t the rally’s Twitter account listed. It was one for the Daily Show. How about an account just for the rally?
That came yesterday, @Rally4Sanity. Good! Bad — it’s still not listed on the main rally site. (POSTSCRIPT: This was fixed a day or two after this post went up).
The Rally & Hashtags
Meanwhile, as I tweet about the rally, what hashtag should I use? The rally site hasn’t put an official one out there, so you see people using things like:
I’ve seen tweets suggesting that the first two are official. They’re not. I can’t track anything down about this. I like either of them, because they’re short. But c’mon Rally To Restore Sanity, pick something and get it out there.
The Rally: Invisible On Facebook
Meanwhile, there’s Facebook. Here, the mess is more down to Facebook than the rally. Looking for official rally information on Facebook? Here’s what you get:
None of those are the official rally page. Drill in, and it gets worse:
There currently about 25 matching pages so far, and none of them are official ones.
What’s wrong? For one, the rally doesn’t have an official Facebook page. But it DOES have an official event page on Facebook, here:
That page might as well be invisible on Facebook. This is despite being far more popular than any of the Facebook pages listed (over 65,000 people currently say they’ll attend, 100,000 people overall if you count those saying they might attend). Still, Facebook still only shows Facebook pages by default.
You have to think “Hmm, did the Rally do an event page?” and then deliberately hunt for it, if you want to find it on Facebook.
Of course, the Facebook event page is linked to from the Rally’s web site — but if you’re on Facebook and looking there, that doesn’t help.
Ideally, I’d like to see the Rally To Restore Sanity create a Facebook page in addition to its event page. Then it would be more visible.
I’d also like the Rally To Restore Sanity to have an event in Southern California, too. I’ve got a Facebook page of my own about that