(Jim Hock) Four years. That's a lifetime in technology. Every presidential cycle we see tremendous innovation in campaigns. Take it from me – I invested in a startup after being incredibly impressed after the '08 campaign and what some of the Obama Silicon Valley folks were doing. That investment failed, but other new ones such as NationBuilder are super impressive.
Howard Fineman's latest piece in the Huffington Post captures well what's going on with social media related to the Presidential campaign. The fact is that Facebook and Twitter are fundamental now in how we communicate as a society and thus is reflected in the campaign itself. The fact that the President has been to Facebook and mentions a "hashtag" is just the latest in a long line of innovations on the trail. Just as JFK's use of TV was revolutionary at that time. In four years who knows — maybe we will see Hillary 2016 holograms playing off your iPhone17 or in my Volt.