Stephanie Young, 202-225-3130
WASHINGTON, DC - House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today announcing the beginning of the 2014 House Democrats’ Member Online All-Star Competition, which includes a new public scoreboard on DemocraticWhip.gov/AllStar:
“I’m pleased to announce the beginning of House Democrats’ fifth annual Online All-Star Competition, which encourages Members of the Democratic Caucus to strengthen online engagement with our constituents. Each year has seen increasing engagement; last year, House Democrats were able to connect with over 163,000 new people through social media in just three weeks. I am confident that this year’s competition will help Democrats reach even more Americans and continue to demonstrate the importance of digital media in connecting with constituents and communicating our plans for creating jobs and growing opportunities for middle class families and those striving to enter the middle class.”
The fifth annual Member Online All-Star competition is an annual three week competition for House Democrats to gain new followers on several social media platforms. This year's competition will track new followers on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and, for the first time, Instagram. The top 50 Members at the conclusion of the contest will be named Online All-Stars, the top finisher will be named the MVP and the top freshman office will be named Freshman MVP. Additionally, the top three committees and the top two Caucuses are named Online All-Stars. The number of new followers gained by members, committees, and Caucuses are tracked on a scoreboard. For the first time, the top of the scoreboard will be available publicly at DemocraticWhip.gov/AllStar throughout the competition so that the press and public can follow along.
Also new this year, awards will be presented for the top Vine, YouTube video, and infographic produced, highlighting the creativity of our Members in communicating with their constituents.