I couldn’t resist another iPhone story. I still want one. I still don’t have one but now, there’s another reason to love it, GPS. I have an awful sense of direction and could really use a nice handheld GPS device. That way when I visit New York City I’ll always be able to get where I need to go.

 

Enough about me though, this is about politics, so let’s get to it. Techrepublican discusses some possible campaign uses for the new iPhone 2.0 that’s coming out in July. Canvassing has long been a part of political campaigns. If the volunteers had these new GPS capable iPhones they would be able to pin point where they needed to go to spread the word. Once there they would be able to access information about the household that they were visiting. They could then enter in the answers to surveys or add a new email to the campaign’s database instantaneously. Homes that were visited could be checked off. This could make the process more effective and help assure that no home was missed.

 

Now, would campaigns buy iPhones for all of their volunteers? This is not very likely. How then to utilize the technology? Well, how about using Meetup? Groups could be formed for iPhone users with an interest in politics. These groups could meet and discuss a canvassing plan. They could then coordinate with the campaign that they’re interested in and start working.

 

The other interesting concept for the new iPhones is the ability for users to create their own private applications. Only phones with authorization can use these applications. In this way campaigns can create their own ways to utilize this new technology. Volunteers that are included in the circle created by these applications will feel a larger part of the campaign. This in turn would encourage their continued participation. What’s not to love?   

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