This morning I posted a Facebook blipvert about Hawaiian Airlines reached a contract settlement with its flight attendants, clicked over to the Hawaii News Now page to make sure the post copied over there, and found our page had been invaded by political spammers.
Jessica Fagerstrom, whose own page says she is a New Yorker, posted, "Mitt Romney caught on Tape in yet another major lie...." In another post she says, "Stick with Rick!" In all there are four posts from Jessica, all about politics.
Jan England, whose own page indicates she lives in California, posted, "Obama's Favorite Congressman Hangs With Commies."
Brenda Ward, whose own page indicates she lives in Indiana, posted, "Rick Santorum's Very Positive Web Video That Will Scare Mitt Romney's Campaign."
Carrie Beth Stoelting, who doesn't share personal information with stranges, only spam, posted, "So exciting about the caucus today! Vote for Rick Santorum!"
Goldie Cross, whose own pages says she lives in Michigan, posted, "Rick Santorum: A Message for Hawaii," which was also attached to some of the other posts.
Fred Bledsoe, who appears to be from Arizona, posted, "The excitement is building in the Rick Santorum campaign."
Unless they were pushed down beyond where I looked, there didn't seem to be any posts from supporters of anyone else.
In the years I have worked for HawaiiNewsNow and before that for KGMB, I have never before seen our Facebook page invaded so thoroughly by non-local posters. I wonder if this works in other places. In a mainland state it might not be so obvious that you're being inundated in a semi-organized social media campaig. Ironically, I might not have noticied myself had the posts not all been for one candidate.