Regardless of one’s politics, or political party affiliation, one can’t deny that Barack Obama has done a pretty good job of using the Internet. Barack Obama’s website and other Internet fund raising efforts have raised him more than $200 million – again, that’s just Internet-raised donations!
Now, amid heightening speculation that threatens to reach fever pitch, Obama is signing people up in droves to be able to receive a text message announcing his choice for his vice-presidential running mate, with his [Page no longer available – we have linked to the archive.org version instead].
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That’s right – you can sign up to be the “first to know” – along with millions and millions of others – who will be Obama’s VP candidate. All you have to do is give the Obama campaign your email address or cell phone number, and they will send you a text message when he announces his choice of running mate – as if you won’t know 30 seconds after he announces it anyways, because everybody will be talking about it.
Here’s the thing: we signed up (we test anything we are about to tell all of you about) and we never got a confirmation message – which points to anybody being able to sign anybody else up for this. Nor was there any statemenet about what they are going to do with your email address. In fact, there was no privacy statement at all.
And, political speech – including campaign email – is rarely subject to the U.S.’s already lax anti-spam laws.
So, if you do sign up for Barack’s “First to Know” campaign, you may find out that he lets you be the first to know about other things, not just who he selects for VP.
If this does happen to you, will you please let us be the first to know?
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