One year of Commander Chris Hadfield (@cmdr_hadfield)
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One year of Commander Chris Hadfield (@cmdr_hadfield)

Analysis of online activity to mark the first anniversary of Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield’s launch to live aboard the International Space Station for six months.

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Nigel Wright’s resignation and PMHarperMustResign ignite CDNpoli
By May 20, 2013 1 Comments Read More →

Nigel Wright’s resignation and PMHarperMustResign ignite CDNpoli

CDNpoli online chatter gets energized by the resignation of PMO Chief of Staff Nigel Wright and an online effort to pressure PM Harper to resign.

An epic day in cdnpoli
By February 28, 2013 0 Comments Read More →

An epic day in cdnpoli

It was a costly day for Tom Flanagan. Sysomos MAP helped me identify the online outrage of his remarks labeled repugnant by the Prime Minister.

Commander Hadfield is cool, smart and Canadian!
By February 14, 2013 2 Comments Read More →

Commander Hadfield is cool, smart and Canadian!

Commander Hadfield’s breathtaking photos, videos, reflections, live chats and music have energized and inspired a far reaching conversation.

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Analysis of Jack Layton’s online memorial
By August 23, 2012 1 Comments Read More →

Analysis of Jack Layton’s online memorial

Jack Layton tributes were held across the country yesterday, the first anniversary of his death. The tributes and commentary also poured out online. I used Marketwire/Sysomos MAP to do some analysis of the activity. Here is a summary of what I observed. Jack Layton was mentioned or referenced online 10,159 times, yesterday. Twitter was the most […]

Twitter ‘reacts’ to The Economist editorial on Stephen Harper
By July 9, 2012 0 Comments Read More →

Twitter ‘reacts’ to The Economist editorial on Stephen Harper

An editorial in Friday’s edition of The Economist caused a minor ripple on Twitter. From Friday through Sunday, 265 tweets were issued (22 in French) from 235 Twitter accounts. The Economist piece, Time to flip: The voters may be starting to tire of the prime minister’s bullying, was picked up the National Post and other Canadian news organizations […]

Hélène Campbell’s #BeAnOrganDonor campaign proves every voice counts
By March 30, 2012 6 Comments Read More →

Hélène Campbell’s #BeAnOrganDonor campaign proves every voice counts

Perhaps you’ve heard of Hélène Campbell. She’s a 20 year-young woman in need of a double-lung transplant. If you have heard of her, it’s because of social media. Rather than silently hope people are signing organ donor cards to help her and others like her, Hélène and her friends have put organ donation into the public […]

Robocall Twitter traffic is alive and well, a first in Canadian political issues online
By March 16, 2012 0 Comments Read More →

Robocall Twitter traffic is alive and well, a first in Canadian political issues online

I’m fascinated by what Twitter does and doesn’t tell us about political issues. While there are many purported examples of how Twitter made or killed a political issue or career, I can offer just as many many more examples of how everyone raved about Twitter moving the needle only to be proven wrong. If you […]

Introducing the Cascading Crisis Curve and Here It Goes Again Effect
By March 11, 2012 3 Comments Read More →

Introducing the Cascading Crisis Curve and Here It Goes Again Effect

Since yesterday’s post, I’ve been thinking a lot about the This Too Shall Pass Effect. Specifically, I’ve been thinking about how the effect applies to issues management. After all, can public affairs and political campaigns reliably count on the the ADD nature of the social web in their handling of the unexpected? Do issues really […]

This too shall pass, again: the weekend arrives for #kony2012
By March 10, 2012 4 Comments Read More →

This too shall pass, again: the weekend arrives for #kony2012

I’ve written several times about what I call the This Too Shall Pass Effect. It applies in issues and sensations. The central theory has to do with the level of online activity on a particular issue; the slope of fatigue (downslope) is as dramatic as the slope of interest (upslope). The good news for those […]

What makes #kony2012 an online sensation
By March 8, 2012 2 Comments Read More →

What makes #kony2012 an online sensation

The #kony2012 campaign, an effort to bring Ugandan warlord Joseph Kony to justice, is succeeding in its efforts to achieve a mass of public awareness. The online buzz has attracted a lot of mainstream media attention. I was a guest of CTV Newchannel’s Afternoon Express today to speak about the elements that have made #kony2012 […]