US Presidential election, 2008 is scheduled to be held in November, but Web 2.0 space is already hot with the political activities. In a recent Twitter Updates email, I noticed about the expected flurry of twittercasts during tonight’s debate between Hillary and Obama.
Upon analyzing their twitter accounts I noticed some points which I would like to share with you:-
The oldest twit by Hillary Clinton was on 13 Jan, 2008 (total updates since then is 47), while Obama is on Twitter since April 29, 2007 (total updates: 73)
Hillary is not following anyone. I guess she is unaware of the fact that if you follow someone on twitter, s/he will get a notification of your existance and in return if s/he follows you too, then your updates are shown in his/her “With Others” tab and you get traffic from it.
Number of people Obama is following > Number of people who are following Obama. The strategy behind is quite clear “I follow you – You follow me“. But, this is good in case of Twitter as the twitter statistics says that-
Even Obama is not following Hillary. If you have to keep track of someone, won’t you follow him/her?
None of them have any favorite twits (either their own or others). Micro-Blogging (Infact Blogging) is not just about speaking your mind, but is to listen to others too. This means they are not even reading others’ twitter updates.
“people who have 10 followers and are following about 10 people represent 50% of all Twitter-ers. If you have more than 80 followers and you’re following more than 70 people, then you are in the Twitter minority at about 10%.” (detailed report)
Well, you might be aware of US Presedential Election page on youtube where one can ask a question through video and candidates reply to them via youtube video response. Even selected videos are being broadcast on TV channels.
Now, don’t underestimate Indian politicians regarding technology. Few months back, when chief minister of Indian administered Kashmir, Gulam Nabi Azad ran short of people to address a political rally, used the “Clone” tool in Adobe Photoshop to create fake crowds.
Image courtesy and detailed news: Kashmir Newz.