Can social media offer a credible polling option?
By October 1, 2011 0 Comments Read More →

Can social media offer a credible polling option?

I was drawn in to a Twitter conversation about election results a few minutes ago. The dialog was kicked off when one tweeter suggested if the outcome of the Ontario election was determined by which leader had the most “likes” of their Facebook Fan Page, Tim Hudak would win by a large margin. Another noted […]

Top 6 issues in the last 7 days in #PEIvotes #MBvotes #voteON and #NLvotes
By September 29, 2011 1 Comments Read More →

Top 6 issues in the last 7 days in #PEIvotes #MBvotes #voteON and #NLvotes

Things are picking up. Three of four provincial elections wrap up next week, with the fourth going to the ballot back the week after. So, this is going to be the last time I’ll be looking at the top six issues of so many provinces at one time. Note this analysis does not consider sentiment. […]

Mentions of leaders during the #ondb8
By September 28, 2011 1 Comments Read More →

Mentions of leaders during the #ondb8

In my earlier analysis of online chatter about last night’s debate, I completely forgot to include a breakdown of leader mentions flagged as part of the online debate conversation using the #ondb8 hashtag. Tim Hudak led the pack with nearly half of all mentions which included leader names (1,716). Dalton McGuinty (986) and Andrea Horwath […]

Have you seen this, yet?
By September 28, 2011 0 Comments Read More →

Have you seen this, yet?

Certain online activities give off a rank smell. I’ll admit I was tipped off by an NDP supporter on these. The investigations are my own. I reported on my blog last week about what appeared to be a Liberal supporter who was acting in a way that reflected badly on the party (see You’ve gotta […]

A look at Ontario debate Twitter traffic (#ondb8)
By September 28, 2011 2 Comments Read More →

A look at Ontario debate Twitter traffic (#ondb8)

Ontario’s digitally-connected political enthusiasts took to Twitter for last night’s televised debate between Dalton McGuinty, Tim Hudak and Andrea Horwath. It was a gathering that combined to generate a lot of traffic which I analyzed using Sysomos Heartbeat and Sysomos MAP. The geekiest used the #ondb8 hashtag to flag their tweets (5,447) and combined with other […]

Where are #momthevote and #youthvote in the Ontario election?
By September 27, 2011 2 Comments Read More →

Where are #momthevote and #youthvote in the Ontario election?

The #momthevote movement earned a healthy amount of national media and political attention during the federal election. The movement was organized to get mothers discussing election issues and rallying for mom voters on May 2. It was one of those efforts made possible by and grew because of social media. Women joined the conversation mostly […]

Ontario NDP does something remarkable with digital content
By September 26, 2011 0 Comments Read More →

Ontario NDP does something remarkable with digital content

I’ve been fairly critical of the Ontario NDP’s use of digital in their election campaign. Well, to be fair, they’ve done very little well as a party. So, I was just YouTube surfing, following a chain of videos leading from a recent episode of NPR’s amazing storytelling radio program This American Life. I was going down […]

Ontario election Twitter traffic volume, trends and key participants
By September 26, 2011 2 Comments Read More →

Ontario election Twitter traffic volume, trends and key participants

There’s little doubt Twitter will continue its dominance of online chatter about the Ontario provincial election. I’m tracking an average of 3761 tweets/day, roughly one third of the average number of daily tweets tracked during the federal election. Still, Twitter traffic about the provincial election accounts for 75% of the overall election conversation. What’s more […]

Collateral damage
By September 23, 2011 2 Comments Read More →

Collateral damage

It’s been a particularly interesting week in the Ontario provincial election, sparking many conversations. Not surprisingly, I’ve chatted with many people about the election. With the press coverage surrounding Anthony Marco’s podcast fresh in their minds, everyone brings up the subject of smear campaigns in elections. Some recounted the smear campaign directed at Jack Layton in […]

Charting the online narrative of the Ontario provincial election
By September 23, 2011 0 Comments Read More →

Charting the online narrative of the Ontario provincial election

As you can probably tell from my posts over the last few weeks, there’s a lot to analyze on the use of digital content and social media by the political campaigns. I find trends in digital conversations, particularly those during election campaigns, fascinating. Sysomos MAP allows me to run a variety of reports I haven’t yet shared in […]

Ontario election YouTube channel progress report card
By September 22, 2011 0 Comments Read More →

Ontario election YouTube channel progress report card

When CBC Ottawa film critic Robert Fontaine launched his book Movies Ate My Brain a few years ago, he told the All In A Day radio audience that he suffers through the crap at the theatre so his listeners don’t have to. His work is a “public service.” Let this post be my public service to […]

And you! Watch the double negatives!
By September 22, 2011 0 Comments Read More →

And you! Watch the double negatives!

In follow up to yesterday’s post You’ve gotta lock that down about political superfans presenting themselves in a way that apparently represents their favourite party… The Ontario Liberal Party’s superfan is relentless in his loathing of the other parties, particularly the NDP. Besides his extensive Twitter spamming campaigns, he has been promoting an online poll […]