More on linking social web engagement and activism . . .
In the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project's study called 'Social networking sites and our lives', the researchers found the following:
Compared with other internet users, and users of other SNS platforms, a Facebook user who uses the site multiple times per day was an additional two and half times more likely to attend a political rally or meeting, 57% more likely to persuade someone on their vote, and an additional 43% more likely to have said they would vote.
Rack another one up for those (okay me . . . but that lacks humility) who argue that the underlying dynamics of social networks are conducive to increased civic engagement rather than distractions from it.