Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Preaching to the converted.

Oh dear Lord, where to start.

Labour Grassroots are winning the Web War.

Labour grassroots activists are helping the Government win the web war, according to research into the party's influence on Twitter.

The political parties are competing to make the most of the internet as they hope it could help them reach younger voters at low cost.
Tweetminster, which offers a political 'newswire' of Twitter messages, has analysed the posts made by politicians, candidates and supporters over the past year.
It found the Labour Party "dominates" in most areas - its MPs and candidates are more active, are more frequently mentioned by other users and tend to have more readers.
In the last year, Labour MPs have sent 38,759 tweets, compared to the Liberal Democrats and the Conservatives who sent 7,031 and 2,083 respectively.
 They really don't get it at all, Twitter is mass texting and it only goes to those that are interested in what you have to say either from a positive or negative slant. It doesn't go outside a minority of people, it doesn't reach the electorate (save only party activists) and it doesn't change anyone's mind. In effect it's just an incestuous little world closed off to the majority of the public who have been turned off politics by the antics of politicians over the last 40 years or so.
Those that do twitter tend to be more interested in the sayings of Steven Fry than say Kerry McCarthy. Even when it comes to political presence on the web the Alexa rankings show a different story altogether.

Alexa the web info company traffic rank:
LABOUR: 191,116
CONSERVATIVE: 115,860
LIB DEMS: 3,920,234
UKIP: 239,152
ENGLISH DEMOCRATS: 13,169,809
GREEN PARTY: 2,875,251
BNP: 3,244,133

If anyone's winning the Web War it's the English Democrats. At least if you follow web traffic, the reality as with Twitter is somewhat different.
The political parties will just have to face the fact that it's only activists that take any notice of twitter, the same is true for blogs, even social networking sites. Until politics is made palatable for all the electorate, when all feel they are included, then political debate is mostly just preaching to the choir, it doesn't reach the congregation because they've all gone home disgusted at what politics has become.

The only way this will change is if politicians give the people what they want instead of what they think we want. Get us out of the EU, educate our kids properly without the social engineering, look after our elderly, make the NHS efficient and quick, remove the excess fat from the public purse and ASK US WHAT WE WANT AND GIVE IT TOO US!!!!!

Simples.

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Barking Spider said...

I only use Twitter to publicise my blog posts, QM, and to re-tweet other people's posts - any other "chatting" I do is on Facebook - and that's private chatting - not spouting drivel to the whole world!

Quiet_Man said...

I don't say it's a bad thing Spidey, I just don't think it dominates the political web as Labour seem to think (or some Tories either)
It's good for what it does, it just doesn't influence voters.

James Higham said...

The only way this will change is if politicians give the people what they want instead of what they think we want. Get us out of the EU, educate our kids properly without the social engineering, look after our elderly, make the NHS efficient and quick, remove the excess fat from the public purse and ASK US WHAT WE WANT AND GIVE IT TOO US!!!!!

Albion Alliance has provided a mechanism for this to happen but it involves us getting off our butts and actually utilizing the tools and actually doing several specific actions.

We've been dismayed, not by the MP response because they are actually responding but by our own fellow bloggers who are blogging frenetically but not actually doing the things we're suggesting with the tools we're providing.

It's like watching a train wreck coming and furiously scribbling about it when there are things to actually do.

JuliaM said...

That's typical Labour. Never mind the quality, check out the volume!

Furor Teutonicus said...

XX It found the Labour Party "dominates" in most areas - its MPs and candidates are more active, are more frequently mentioned by other users XX

Right, they are.

But does it record when it is people calling them "a right shower of fuck faced imbicilic twats"?

shaneward said...

I want an English Assembly but I do not want to get out of Europe. I believe I there may be others who agree with me. While getting out of Europe, without a referendum, is part of the English Democrat manifesto I am sorry to say I cannot vote for them; much as I agree with everything else.

Quiet_Man said...

Sorry Shaneward, if we remain in the EU we will never get an independent English parliament, what we are getting is regionalisation and the dismemberment of the UK into 9 regions with the nations of Scotland and Wales being regarded as regions and England being split up and destroyed.

Remaining in the EU is not an option for anyone who wishes to see England freed from the UK parliament and it's anti English cabal.