59 federal MPs have now joined Twitter. You can see an interactive timeline of when MPs joined here. Hopefully many more will join, I think many will this fall, especially if an election is called.
But how are MPs using Twitter and are they using it in a way that makes politics and government more accountable or accesable?Here are some observations
Below are some statistics I've compiled using Politwitter that show how often MPs are using Twitter as a 2-way conversation.
The numbers show that for the most part they are not replying to Canadians or to other MPs. Hopefully this will change as MPs start to grasp the potential of Twitter and learn the ropes.
The below stats are compiled from all the tweets since about mid May 2009.
MP @repliesTotal: 252
MP @replies to other MPsTotal: 12
I created a new feature called "Politician Social Media Score" which grades how each MP is using social media like Twitter, Facebook, Youtube and flickr. This new feature is still a work-in-progress as I will be adding additional criteria and tweaking the point values. But its interesting to see which MPs are using new social media the most.
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