Those who think Facebook isn't real life should speak to the South Jersey Times' online editor, Jim Cook, who won a local election and only ran an online campaign via Facebook.
Cook decided to pursue a position on the Woodstown-Pilesgrove Board of Education only 24 hours before Election Day. With limited resources and working against the clock, Cook took his campaign digital. On Monday, November 5, Cook posted the following Facebook status:
“Hey everyone! I noticed you need to vote for 2 for W-P school board. But there’s only one candidate. Write-in ‘Jim Cook Jr.’!!!”
Shortly after posting his status, Cook recalls that 20 friends vowed to vote for him in the upcoming election.
Delays tallying votes were caused by Hurricane Sandy but earlier this week, Cook was declared the winner.
Facebook's been playing an ever increasing roll in politics. Aside from President Obama and Mitt Romney both using the platform to bolster their campaigns, Facebook was used by some states, like Washington, as way for residents to register to vote.