Welcome to the New GOP.COM!

Cleverboy

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The GOP have relaunched their website, GOP.com. What do you think? Are they ready to ride the wave of the evolving Internet?

WSJ blog writer posts:
New GOP Web Site Reaches for Grassroots
http://blogs.wsj.com/washwire/2009/10/13/new-gop-web-site-reaches-for-grassroots/

The new Republican National Committee Web site, launched this morning, was most notable for what it lacks – a lot of high-volume, top-down messaging about Washington big shots. The site clearly is shifting the emphasis to listening more to the party’s grassroots, something that Chairman Michael Steele made a central promise when he was elected in January.

Now, the site’s success in the 2010 election cycle – and the party’s – will be a crucial test for Steele.

The new, cooler-looking site devotes a ton of space to social media, particularly the party’s lively Facebook page. It seeks more broadly to tap into the current conservative ferment, with lots of blogs and organizing and fund-raising tools, as well as huge displays of user-submitted pictures and other grassroots material. The centerpiece is the new OurGOP: The Republican Action Network.
You won't be hearing much of this however. Most of this coverage however, is likely to be drowned out by the negative aspects of the launch. Some initial stumbles have made the launch redmeat... figuratively speaking, for critics:

  • Notice Anything Different? How the GOP's new website achieved epic fail - Huffington Post (blog)
    If you haven't already visited the Republican National Committe's attempt to "relaunch" the GOP brand, go now. It's worth it for humor's sake alone, ...
  • Check out GOP.com, for laughs - Kansas City Star
  • GOP.com's No Good, Very Bad Redesign - The AtlanticWire
  • Michael Steele's New Domain - Washington Post
  • New Republican Party 2.0 web site debuts and crashes w/ bugs & blanks - San Francisco Chronicle
  • Steele On New GOP.com: 'It's Not Even Really A Web Site' - TPM LiveWire (blog)

New RNC website stumbles out of gate
http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1009/28253.html
The Republican National Committee on Tuesday tried to downplay criticism of its newly unveiled website www.gop.com, which was plagued by embarrassing omissions and numerous crashes on its first day of operation.

Among the problems were the posting of administrator passwords, a list of GOP accomplishments that ended in 2004 and a “future leaders” section that was devoid of material. In addition, the site was inaccessible for much of the day.

RNC New Media Director Todd Herman said the site was struggling from attracting “an enormous amount of traffic,” adding that the committee was adding new servers to prevent further problems accommodating Internet traffic. An RNC official did not have traffic statistics available.

In an afternoon conference call with conservative bloggers, RNC Chairman Michael Steele touted the site as “a whole new experience” that would reflect “what is going on in the streets.” Asked why the site kept crashing, Steele quipped, “It’s a little thing called traffic.”

Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1009/28253.html#ixzz0Trp0gCWj
~ CB
 

barkomatic

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Well, when I clicked the WSJ article linked, and then through that to the actual site referenced, the first page confused me a little. On it was a photo of John McCain with his tongue hanging out and his hands outstretched towards Obama's behind. In the upper right was a photo of Ted Haggard with the caption, "I am a proud Republican" When I navigated away and then tried to get back to the original page--I couldn't. hmmm

Those two photos don't seem to be what the Republican party would want to highlight no? Is this a joke site? :) The layout seemed engaging. Clearly going for a younger, fresher image though I think that runs contrary to the image Republican politicians themselves project.
 

Cleverboy

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On the homepage, doh.

Republican National Committee - In light of President Obama's Nobel Peace Prize Award...
For what other awards should President Obama be nominated?
option 1:1. Heisman Trophy
option 2:2. Hollywood Actors Guild Lifetime Achievement Award
option 3:3. Bud Light’s Real Men of Genius Award
option 4:4. America’s Next Top Model
option 5:5. Humility In Action Award From Arianna Huffington
~ CB
 

Thomas Veil

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Y'all beat me to it...I was gonna post about what a hoot this site is. Let's see what we have here.



Okay, so a face appears as the O in GOP. Which is funnier, the fact that it's too cute by half, or the fact that they used the other black guy in the Republican party? :D

How about the rather grotesque headline, "Republican Faces Need Yours"? Oh, wait a minute, it says "Republican Faces Needs Yours". Grammar is apparently not the Republicans' strong suit.

Then the CNN article tells us

It also hosts eight new blogs, including a blog written by Steele, entitled "What up?"
"What up"?! :p Bwah-ha-ha!
 

Cleverboy

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The guy who created this GOP site? Here's the last one he did.
Few things get me angrier (regarding web design), than someone creating a professional webpage, and then... SQUISHING a photo into a bad aspect ratio, and pretending nothing is wrong with it.

http://gop.com/index.php/learn/heroes/jackie_robinson-1/

Then you view the image separately and just shake your head.

http://gop.com/faces/JackieRobinson1945.jpg

It's called "crop". It's a basic Photoshop feature. SNARL... REND!

~ CB
 

CorvusCamenarum

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I'm reminded of the youth minister from when I went to church as a teenager who thought he was all hip and cool with the kids and didn't realize he had zero clue.
 

leekohler

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Y'all beat me to it...I was gonna post about what a hoot this site is. Let's see what we have here.



Okay, so a face appears as the O in GOP. Which is funnier, the fact that it's too cute by half, or the fact that they used the other black guy in the Republican party? :D

How about the rather grotesque headline, "Republican Faces Need Yours"? Oh, wait a minute, it says "Republican Faces Needs Yours". Grammar is apparently not the Republicans' strong suit.

Then the CNN article tells us

"What up"?! :p Bwah-ha-ha!
You've got to be kidding. This is a joke, right? :eek:
 

Cleverboy

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I wrote a quick script to pull all the faces, just out of curiosity. 44 faces in total. 9 at the end are labeled "Heroes". They include (in order): Federick Douglass, Edward Brooke, Clara Barton, Hiram Rhodes, Jose C. Barbosa, Joseph Rainey, Leonidas C. Dyer, Sandra O'Connor, and Octavious Catto.

Of the 35 remaining faces, they are a collection of generally white, black and hispanic faces (though #32 might be asian).

There are 21 women, and 14 men, including the "heroes", the count is 23 women and 21 men.

~ CB
 

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Cleverboy

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Ive never seen a site dissected so quickly. Dems must be frothing at the bit.
Last political site I gave a look over to was Change.gov (Here: http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=595230#post6566533 ). It ALSO went down right when it launched, and I looked into who might be developing the website. Depending on the content, I'd probably have made similar comments.

Unfortunately, the GOP website could be much better than it is. They are using Flash in places they don't need to be using Flash. But, its certainly interesting. Their photographs and "Heroes" definitely seem aimed at acknowledging that they are the party of Lincoln. I think that's good and sets a positive tone.

The fact that they are getting attention is a great thing for them. They just need to be clear on how to transform that attention into resources to help build the future of the Republican Party.

~ CB
 

remmy

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your joking right???

It looks like a Chinese communist website.

All the glowing red and faint golden stars at the top.
 

Rodimus Prime

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I wrote a quick script to pull all the faces, just out of curiosity. 44 faces in total. 9 at the end are labeled "Heroes". They include (in order): Federick Douglass, Edward Brooke, Clara Barton, Hiram Rhodes, Jose C. Barbosa, Joseph Rainey, Leonidas C. Dyer, Sandra O'Connor, and Octavious Catto.

Of the 35 remaining faces, they are a collection of generally white, black and hispanic faces (though #32 might be asian).

There are 21 women, and 14 men, including the "heroes", the count is 23 women and 21 men.

~ CB
See counts like that are starting to piss me off. They always make sure to have more women than men on things so they "look" more politically correct but in reality it is just discriminating against men. Sorry I feel it should of been 50/50
 

.Andy

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See counts like that are starting to piss me off. They always make sure to have more women than men on things so they "look" more politically correct but in reality it is just discriminating against men. Sorry I feel it should of been 50/50
Conservative males always get a raw deal. They are the single most repressed minority.
 

gibbz

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Now this is just weak sauce.

On the side, there is a link to their social media pages. Note the facebook image capture.

I can't believe the GOP is still harping on the Nobel prize. At the end of the day, their President won an international peace prize which will only benefit us all. This is the kind of crap that has gotten them in trouble over the past election cycle and before. Shut up GOP, just shut up and focus on the issues.
 

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Thomas Veil

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Psst...GOP.com...maybe these guys can help you

GOP.com isn't the only beta web site debuting this week.

Overall it has a very "large" look and probably too many photos on its front page, but it's a big improvement over the old site.

Meanwhile, back at the GOP...take a look at the bottom of their page at "Republican Accomplishments". One would think it would be a rather empty page, but no, they managed to fill it.

Most of the good stuff appears to be from the 19th century. :D Once you get to the 20th, things really start to peter out. ;) And by the time you get to the 21st, they are relying on "accomplishments" Democrats would never take credit for, like tax cuts for the rich and invading Iraq. It's a pretty piss-poor record.
 

PlaceofDis

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See counts like that are starting to piss me off. They always make sure to have more women than men on things so they "look" more politically correct but in reality it is just discriminating against men. Sorry I feel it should of been 50/50
ah, that (white) male privilege not enough for you? :rolleyes:

granted i'd say that its asinine that they'd include more women than men only to make themselves look better to their followers,if thats the case, but its definitely not discrimination and its not being politically correct.