Engaging politics online

Who gets the Web 2.0 revolution? Not our beleaguered politicos on the hill just yet. Too few turned up to Ofcom’s Politics 2.0 event last Wednesday to guage the level of interest in online politics. Asked yesterday by a journalist friend about who gets it most, I’d say Daithi McKay is a few streets ahead of the rest. Yes, he has a blog. But he also does joined up Twittering`(you can follow him here). Colin McGrath was showing some promise with his video diaries, but they seem to have petered out… But in the Republic the Greens are getting into the spirit of the freer ends of the blogosphere with this skit on the Fine Gael BBC website swap… Now they’re sending out another poke (via press release) at Fine Gael for plaguerising Deirdre de Burca’s election poster with a link back to Suzy’s output on the whole affair… That’s real online engagement…

Mick is founding editor of Slugger. He has written papers on the impacts of the Internet on politics and the wider media and is a regular guest and speaking events across Ireland, the UK and Europe. Twitter: @MickFealty