US Politics – 5 Years of YouTube Impact and History

Here at OSM we often give you details of interesting infographics with recent examples including one on American identity according to social media and another about YouTube advertising. Today we have news of another intriguing infographic, this time looking at 5 years of U.S. politics on YouTube.

We could never have imagined that social media would one day have the impact on politics that it now has and this infographic provides us with plenty of snippets of information and also includes a YouTube political timeline from 2006 to the present day depicting many of the most relevant political stories and milestones. The YouTube infographic was brought to our attention by Zachary Sniderman over on Mashable and you can see it below this story or on the Mashable link.

Amongst the detailed information we can see that over 500 US candidates for office now have official YouTube channels and that a staggering 92% of House and Senate members have official YouTube channels. Over the last few years YouTube video has increasingly increased its presence in politics and is also part of normal operations at the White House, in fact the White House uploads around 17 videos a week to YouTube.

The YouTube political timeline is pretty fascinating stuff and begins on August 14, 2006 when a video showed the racial slur “macaca” from George Allen (R.-VA) who was a senator at the time. Moving on to 2007, on January 26 Barack Obama announced his plans for a presidential bid on YouTube and later the same year CNN YouTube debates took place with both Democratic and Republican candidates being questioned by voters via YouTube.

In 2008 between August 28 and November 3, Sarah Palin made her YouTube mark with 54,000 videos tagged with her name being uploaded to YouTube leading to half a billion views. Also on August 28 in the same year a viral video with an Iraq veteran’s message of support for Sen. John McCain (Dear Mr. Obama), rapidly spread. 2009 saw the first time that the weekly radio address from the White House was posted on YouTube and February 1, 2010 saw an interview with President Barack Obama answering questions submitted on YouTube.

The infographic winds up in 2011 with many major candidates for the 2012 presidential bid posting announcements on YouTube. We’d be interested to hear your thoughts about YouTube and its influence on politics in the US so do send us your comments and let us know whether you use YouTube for political coverage?