Yesterday’s How Social Media is Changing Politics and Reporting at CJFJtalk (1 of 2) featured a list of stand-out points from each member of the journalist panel at #CJFJtalk. Today’s post features a few of the many key points raised during the politicians’ panel.
The panel explored the use of digital during election campaigns, leadership races and between elections.
NDP MP Megan Leslie does her own tweeting and FB status updates with occassional support from staffers on hashtags and going through the invitations, comments and messages that come in through those channels. Ms. Leslie noted “there’s quite a bit of case work that comes in through Facebook, if you can believe it.” She confessed she finds it very hard to judge issues and generally has a difficult time dealing with dysfunctional online behaviour. At the same time, she enjoys a few of her trolls and sometimes gives back to them.
Liberal MP Marc Garneau got his social media start in Facebook. He found that as demands on his time as a Minister then critic increased, he delegated the role of filtering through messages and comments to staff who indentify which require Mr. Garneau’s response. Since 2010 he has become an active Twitter user who enjoys the platform and engagung with people noting it’s a valuable tool for public discourse and improving politician-public relations. He offered “I may even be a bit of an addict to Twitter in the sense that it’s the first thing I look at in the morning.” He sees Twitter as a great source of information; a pseudo-polling tool.
Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson questioned whether the “fans” of a politician’s Facebook Fan Page (using his own as an example) can be fairly called “fans.” Mayor Watson is an active tweeter. Yes, he does his own tweeting, relying on staff to help only with attachments. In fact, Mayor Watson was the only of the evening’s panelists who participated in the panel and the online chatter about the event. He also does a monthly online chat and recently participated in a Reddit event. He views Twitter provides a faster gauge, faster than email, of where he needs to direct his attention.
There’s more to say about this panel. Expect another post in the next few days.
The panel will air on CPAC in the near future.