Fun with Facebook
Last week, Election 2011 was all-a-Twitter, as Tamara Small writes over at the Shopping for Votes blog. But this week, it's Facebook's turn to be in the spotlight. It's a big breakout for a social medium that's normally forbidden in government offices (I think that's correct; please let me know if I'm wrong about that.) But now that all the politicos have plunged into an election campaign, Facebook's very much in fashion.
For instance, while Harper and Ignatieff may not have their one-on-one debate, they are duking it out in the contest for Facebook friends. Ignatieff's Facebook friends have now overtaken Harper's numbers -- 51,291 for the Liberal leader as of Wednesday afternoon, 46,624 for the Conservative leader.
Meanwhile, we all know about the student removed from the rally because of her Facebook picture featuring Ignatieff. And wasting no time, Ignatieff has now sent out an appeal for donations, titled: "The Danger of Being My Facebook Friend." (My thanks to Stephen Hui, at Straight.com, for printing out the text of the pitch, excerpted below.)
That’s Stephen Harper’s Canada. Undemocratic. Disrespectful. And certainly going against our best Canadian traditions.
And it’s why I’m asking you to donate what you can right now — so we can leave it behind for good on May 2.
How Stephen Harper’s Conservatives decide to do a Facebook background check on everyone at their rallies, while ignoring the criminal past of a senior advisor like Bruce Carson is a mystery to me.
And just to underline the point, Liberals have also put out this little animated feature too on YouTube: