It’s a common feature of online politics, at the national level at least, for unofficial campaigning to reach wider audiences than official campaigning. There’s a range of reasons for this – several supporters trying their own thing are more likely to hit the jackpot than one single official team, unofficial efforts often move more quickly … Read the full post »
For more general advice about online campaigning, see my Online Politics posts.
A ComRes survey of 101 Parliamentary candidates “who are likely to win or retain their seats” has found very heavy use of social media. … Read the full post »
At one level the legal threats by Facebook against the Daily Mail are fairly straight forward: newspaper runs horror story about a firm, firm says story is all wrong and threatens to sue for libel. At another level though this story highlights how much difference there is about correcting a story in the online sphere. … Read the full post »
There are many reasons people have for posting comments on this site or others: because they’ve got something to add to the conversation, because they want to correct an error, because they like taking part in a debate, because they’ve got a question to ask or a myriad of other reasons.
For those seeking public office, … Read the full post »
The Hansard Society has a new report out which asks the public what they want out of politicians and the political system online.
Although many studies have looked at what politicians do or don’t do online, those looking at what the public actually wants are rather rarer. That makes this a particularly welcome report and is … Read the full post »
The question of people’s attitudes to privacy has been in the news following Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg’s comments. … Read the full post »
Newly created last year, unitary Cornwall Council is taking its first steps in drawing up a social media policy as part of a wider communications review. Although the initial paper is rather timid in its conclusions (‘here are some ideas we must think about’) this point struck me as particularly well made: In considering how … Read the full post »
Be warned: just as a powerful photograph can make a story or break a reputation, so too can social media. … Read the full post »
The news that Habbo Hotel, the extremely popular social network for teenagers, is launching a tie-up with Facebook is not only significant in itself but a sign of things to come. It’s immediate significance is in ease and convenience: Facebook users will be able to use Habbo Hotel without having to register separately, users of … Read the full post »
According to the Daily Telegraph and Daily Mail, consumer power has chalked up another victory thanks to the power of Facebook. But the truth is rather different. … Read the full post »