The Twitter election
The next election, whenever it comes, will be the first in Canada in which Twitter will be a significant force. A story in Postmedia today flags that prospect.
So which Canadian politicos are best poised to plunge into the Twitter-campaign? Here, with the help of David Akin's handy political twits' directory, are the current follower counts for 11 politicians active on Twitter. (They may be the top 11, though I apologize if I've overlooked someone with a large following.) I imagine we'll see those numbers go up quickly if it does turn out to be a Twitter election.
- Prime Minister Stephen Harper: 100,636
- Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff:62,574
- NDP leader Jack Layton: 58,701
- Liberal MP Justin Trudeau: 54,946
- Bloc Quebecois Leader Gilles Duceppe: 45,123
- Liberal MP Denis Coderre: 23,644
- Industry Minister Tony Clement: 13,184
- Liberal MP Bob Rae: 6,900
- Heritage Minister James Moore: 5,382
- NDP MP Olivia Chow: 4,706
- Immigration Minister Jason Kenney: 4,496
Update: I should note that followers alone don't determine your Twitter influence. Much depends on what you're doing with your account, how many times your tweets are circulated beyond your followers, how many followers your followers have, and so on. Several readers have already suggested that we analyze our politicos' Twitter capability using something like Klout or Twitfluence.
Here as well (thanks @jeffjedras) is a site where Canadian political Twitter accounts have been ranked for popularity and influence. Just click on this link.