Did TweetTheResults really make a difference?
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Did TweetTheResults really make a difference?

Two years ago, online Canadians were abuzz about TweetTheResults, a movement to discredit section 329 of the Canada Elections Act.

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Academically Famous
By August 31, 2012 0 Comments Read More →

Academically Famous

My research and commentary on the use of digital in the federal election has been cited in two books.

Posted in: Books, Rambles
Has it been a year, already?
By May 2, 2012 0 Comments Read More →

Has it been a year, already?

It’s hard to believe one year ago Ellis Westwood, Stephanie Brooks, Sysomos genius Nygel Weishar and I were immersed in tracking online conversations about the federal election. The even bigger story was the anticipation of east coast polling results leaking online and the fear they might influence the voting decisions, and perhaps outcome, of the west coast vote. Or, perhaps the buzz was […]

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The “this too shall pass” effect
By October 6, 2011 6 Comments Read More →

The “this too shall pass” effect

Online reaction to the G8 draft report leaked during the federal election was quick and decisive. People weren’t happy. Tweets on the issue reached a fever pitch. It seemed like this would be a campaign killer. For about eight hours it was near impossible to follow the flood of tweets. Then we all went to […]

The long and Tweet of it: what role did Twitter play in the election?
By July 4, 2011 1 Comments Read More →

The long and Tweet of it: what role did Twitter play in the election?

I wrote the following article for the June 2011 (current) issue of Campaigns and Elections Magazine (Canadian Edition). When our 41st general federal election was called, I proclaimed it would not be “The Twitter Election” many people were claiming it would be. While the label might have intended to recognize this particular election was going […]

Jack Layton’s 19.3% increase in online share of voice
By May 11, 2011 0 Comments Read More →

Jack Layton’s 19.3% increase in online share of voice

It’s been a little over a week since the election which means I’m finally striking a better balance of family, work and research — at least, better than the period of March 26 though May 2. I have a few interested post-election research projects and reports in the works. I’m not able to share the […]

Klondike Gold: the analysis rush begins on mined #elxn41 social media traffic
By May 5, 2011 0 Comments Read More →

Klondike Gold: the analysis rush begins on mined #elxn41 social media traffic

The role and impact of social media during the federal election is still being considered, and definitely talked about in the media. For people like me, there are a lot of questions to answer. Later today, I’ll be starting a research project into a variety of aspects of what was what it all meant and […]

The more things change, the more they stay the same
By May 3, 2011 0 Comments Read More →

The more things change, the more they stay the same

In case you missed it, election results for the maritime provinces, Ontario and Quebec were published on Twitter last night during what Section 329 of the Canada Elections Act identifies as a blackout period. That means results from closed polls in one part of the country cannot be transmitted to parts of the country in […]

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Last breakdown of election day Twitter traffic as of 1amET
By May 3, 2011 1 Comments Read More →

Last breakdown of election day Twitter traffic as of 1amET

The following is the last breakdown of election day Twitter traffic as of 1amET. Identified as Canadian: 53,734 (24,811 unique accounts) Identified as International: 5,868 (3,886 unique accounts) No location information: 30,548 (16,378 unique accounts) Total election day tweets: 90,150 (45,075 unique accounts) Analysis performed using Sysomos Heartbeat.

An amazing team
By May 3, 2011 2 Comments Read More →

An amazing team

I was part of something amazing today. Bigger than the election. Bigger than the digital analysis that found its way on to my blog and Twitter stream today. I was part of a team that tracked thousands of tweets, parsed through the noise and shared statistics noone else was gathering and sharing. It’s an effort […]

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The four most active #elxn41 tweeting provinces
By May 2, 2011 0 Comments Read More →

The four most active #elxn41 tweeting provinces

The following graph identifies the four most active #elxn41 tweeting provinces for election day as of 11:30pmET.

Twitter sentiment not reflective of #elxn41 results
By May 2, 2011 0 Comments Read More →

Twitter sentiment not reflective of #elxn41 results

Tonight’s “social media election” is proving to be quite the contrary, as the results that flow in lie in stark contrast to general sentiment on popular digital channels. Voters are flocking to Twitter to voice their opinions – but predominantly negative ones. It’s proving very much to be a vital election, in contrast to the […]