The election will be on Facebook

Here in my home state, longtime Senate Democrat Jeff Bingaman has announced he’s stepping down. Several people have already stepped up to announce that they will be running for the vacant Senate seat. Among them is Martin Heinrich, a Democrat currently serving in the House.

How did Heinrich announce? On his Facebook page.

The President is using Facebook too. Here’s what you see there, inviting you ‘in’ at the campaign website.

President Obama's invitiation to say you're in as posted on Facebook

TechCrunch published Obama’s Re-election Campaign Puts Facebook Front And Center … Literally explaining,

When you connect to your Facebook account on the campaign website, an interactive banner will appear on the top of the website that shows you which of your friends aren’t “in” yet, profile pictures included. You’re invited to put post a message to your friends’ walls to prompt them to join the ‘Are You In?’ application.

The Republicans are no slouches where social media is concerned, so expect to see similar things coming your way from them as well.

The thought of another season of gawd-awful attack ads doesn’t present a pleasant prospect. And they will be EVERYWHERE. Much as I love the Internet and think social media is a good thing, soon the only way to find peace of mind will be to read a good book.

Useful links: HTML Tuts, HTML5 for developers, Facebook icons, Story of Elecronics

HTML5 Tutorials and Techniques that will keep you busy is a big collection of tutorials to get you going with HTML5.

The WHATWG has released HTML5 – Edition for Web Developers that promises plain language and ease of use.

A Showcase of Free Facebook Icons for Designers and Bloggers. Nice icons, if you’re in need.

The Story of Electronics is a video from the people who created The Story of Stuff. What are you doing about the mountain of electronics in your house?

Useful Links: DIY Mobile, 5 questions, do not track, fan pages

DIY Mobile Programming: Get Started with HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. Good resource.

Five Questions with Zoe Gillenwater.  An interview by Chris Coyier. It is impossible to say enough good things about Zoe Gillenwater. Awesome is a good place to start.

Google and Mozilla Take Steps Toward Do Not Track is a post of my own at BlogHer. I conclude that talk from the browser makers about Do Not Track is mostly smoke and mirrors. What do you think?

Compelling Facebook Fan Pages from Chris Brogan lists shows pages I never heard of and don’t find particularly compelling. But if you’re trying to accomplish something with a Facebook page, go check it out.