Back when I worked at party HQ, introducing our online petition system – available not only to central party staff but to campaigners all around the country – was one of our successful innovations. At the time, it was new, powerful and ahead of the competition. The passage of time, however, has not been that kind to it – both at the front end and behind the scenes with its data integration with other party systems.
So it is excellent to see the party now starting to do something much better. Sign the “Fix Parliament” petition on Facebook and look carefully at foot of the page. You will see that it is the online petition system provided by the same software firm that supplies the party’s electoral database package. Not only does this new online petition system work much better with social media than the old one, it also integrates better behind the scenes too.
Let’s hope this experiment goes well and a further polished service ends up being available more widely to use. In the meantime though, well done to the team at HQ making this happen.