President Obama, John Boehner – You’ve Got Mail

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Angst over the National debt crisis has many Americans posting public notes to President Obama and House Speaker Boehner. Fastnote.com reports that both leaders have received many notes of support, along with notes telling them what they should do.

Anxiety over the debt crisis has caused a jump in activity as more people want to tell their leaders what to do.”

As the debate over the National debt crisis rages on, both President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner have urged the people to speak their minds. A new website called Fastnote.com reports that Americans are responding, posting thousands of notes to both leaders.

On Fastnote, users can post civil, anonymous notes to anyone, and those notes are posted publicly where everyone can read them. The website was launched last December, and users have seized it as a way to tell political leaders and others what they think.

According to Fastnote, the two names people are writing to the most are President Obama and John Boehner. Most of those notes are about the national debt crisis.

“President Obama has always been one of the most active names on the site,” explained Richard Shaffner, co-founder of Fastnote.com. “Anxiety over the debt crisis has caused a jump in activity as more people want to tell their leaders what to do."

Over the past few weeks, John Boehner has gotten as many notes as the President. What do these notes say? “Both men have notes telling them to stand their ground,” Shaffner said. “However, there are as many notes telling them to make a deal, and many suggestions for how to cut spending or increase revenue.”

"Writers label their Fastnotes as positive, negative, suggestion, or other, and that information can be used to summarize how people are feeling," Shaffner explained.

How do the notes to the President compare with those to John Boehner? The active notes to the President are more positive (27%) than negative (22%). However, still more notes are suggestions – as 38% of the note writers tell the President what they think he should do.

The Fastnotes to John Boehner have been more negative than those to President Obama. The active notes to the Speaker are 23% positive and 35% negative. He also has many notes (37%) in which users offer their suggestions.

Fastnotes are also being posted to other politicians and names in the news. CNN host Nancy Grace has gotten 200 notes since the end of the Casey Anthony trail. Fastnote is unusual in that users can add anyone’s name to the site and post public notes to them. So far, however, the vast majority of notes have been to public people and celebrities.

Fastnote users can also comment on others’ notes and vote for whether they agree or disagree, or think the note is funny or well said. As for the Fastnotes with the most “agree” votes – they are ones suggesting that if Government checks are halted on August 2, politicians’ paychecks should be the first ones stopped.

Company Information:
Fastnote is a new website where users can post short, civil, anonymous notes to anyone, and those notes are posted publicly where everyone can read them. Fastnote gives everyone the opportunity to speak their minds, to praise what's good, and to change what isn't. Fastnote.com is owned by Fastnote, LLC, a private website development company.

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