The following post was submitted by Patrick Gladney, Director of Research and Insights at SMG.
I enjoyed being a guest on the 49pixels podcast on on Wednesday night. Together with National Post columnist and twitter king Jonathan Goldsbie, we rehashed the details of 2010′s Toronto Municipal Election, the composition of twitter and pondered the future of technology and politics.
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I believe there is still so much opportunity for politicians and political organizations to use social media effectively. There are some new models being showcased today in the US, where the GOP is using social media in new and intersting ways, such as Newt Gingrich’s adaptation of phone banking which incents loyalists to contact others via skype to ask for their support.
This ain’t social media, but it speaks volumes
One of the questions that came up was the Obama adminstrations use of Instragram. Goldsbie asked why instragram? As my colleague Brandon Smith said the next morning, there are 12 million reasons why, and they are all on Instagram. Also, it just so happened that Obama (the administration, not the man) tweeted during the State of the Union Address, suggesting that those attending SOTU watching parties take photographs of the gatherings and post them online. Kind of a cool way to build community, I’d say.