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…

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  • He who doesn’t engage with the online world could very well fall victim to it – http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/blog/2009/apr/28/youtube-gordon-brown

  • The event was sponsored by SDLP MLA Declan O’Loan. Dolores Kelly MLA and an SDLP Press Officer were also in attendance.

    The SDLP are very progressive online, and will be launching a new website in the coming month which will be top dog!

  • To be fair the Greens are good at the using the web even if it doesn’t always work out for them

    This still makes me laugh

    That press release from Deirdre DeBurca about the posters though? It doesn’t matter how you say it, if you’ve nothing to say it shows.

    Irish Labour have been doing a lot as well but adopting a less organic approach to their videos


  • Mick

    You mentioned joined up twittering, I have just started twittering, but in truth I just do not get it, can you tell me what you mean by ‘joined up twittering’ or point me in the direction of where I can get a handle on it.

    Perhaps if you have time you could explain briefly what you see as the real value of twittering.

  • Mick Fealty

    Try this Mick: http://url.ie/1ibd