Facebook going all out for GOP convention


Facebook is planning to be, well, quite social at the Republican National Convention, holding a mixture of parties and panels in Tampa while trying to give a flavor of the action to folks who want to follow it at home.

Public policy, product and developer types are getting together for invite-only ‘Apps & Drinks’ events at the convention, where there will be plenty of demos of election-related apps. The company also is co-hosting an ‘Innovation Nation’ receptions, where it will honor “pro-technology legislators” and others critical to the industry. And Facebook will join a group of tech companies that are backing the StartUp RockOn exhibition-concerts.

Facebook will participate in livestreamed programs discussing the impact of social media in the 2012 cycle; they’ll show delegates and others how to use Facebook’s tools, building off recent work in both cities helping small businesses navigate the site; and they’ll roll out an “I’m Voting” app in conjunction with CNN, through which users can broadcast their voting preferences to their friends. Facebook is announcing the full slate of offerings on its politics page, check it out here.