Earlier this week I blogged about Asenati Lole-Taylor abusing members of the press, as well as members of the public and about the important or reputation here. Felix Marwick from NewsTalkZB tweeted this screen grab:
Tv3 also picked up the story after Felix’s tweet, you can find it here. So she hasn’t exactly had a great week on social media. So I had to go have a look when I saw this tweet:
Needless to say, the comment is real:
But what I found most interesting about it wasn’t the comment, which is a bit odd. But the timing of things. Ignore the content. The initial post, by Jason, happened at 1702 yesterday. With the first reply happening around the same time. But the first comment form Asenati that makes no sense, didn’t happen until 6pm on Wednesday. This seems a bit odd to me? The status is public, so any user should be able to see all comments. Is it possible that someone has posted comments to illicit those responses then deleted them? The person who has liked both those comments is the same person that posted the original post.
Is this a case of an MP, with a track record of issues around social media use, being set up?
Recently Twitter introduced support for gifs. Gifs provide the ability to post simple, animated graphics. Normally this is used to post memes. However, the Greens have used it as part of the promotion of their Thriving Kids policy announcements. Link to tweet
As you can imagine, I spend a fair amount of time on social media. I have TweetDeck open pretty much all the time I am on my computer, as well as Facebook open in a tab. So I have a habit of being exposed to things that others have stumbled upon. One of these things was a Facebook event by the Maori Party.
This week is Te Wiki o te reo Māori, or Māori language week. As part of this a number of organisations are undertaking things to promote te reo. Many are taking the English word = Māori word approach. Or they are using te reo in the context of Māori issues. However Labour have taken a different approach. As part of the promotion of their regional development policy, Labour posted this:
Even though the text on the image says exactly the same as the English text, I think it is a good step. Instead of the above mentioned uses, Labour are using it as they would English. However the risk is, if they only do this during Māori language week, it will appear to be just an attempt to leverage the week. It would be good to see Labour, and other parties, use te reo a bit more their social media.
I have already blogged, here, about National’s efforts to get overseas voters enrolled and voting. They have put out another graphic recently.
As a bit of a nerd, the first thing I did was check that the clocks are all correct. Which they appear to be, for this time of year. Simplicity rules and this image achieves this. I do have to give National credit that the graphic is focused more on getting people to enrol and vote, than getting National supporters to enrol and vote. Now obviously this graphic is going to be seen more by those who support National. But it is not an overt vote National graphic.
It is interesting that Labour don’t appear to be running an overseas enrolment drive. The Greens have it with the Greens UK and Greens US pages. Plus the Greens have branches Melbourne, London and Melbourne. I believe they are also looking to form more. National did try and run an InterNats campaign at the last election. But that had limited results.
Yesterday the Greens released their ECE policy. The main element of this policy is the extension of 20 hours of early childhood care to children between the age of 2 and 3. It is currently only available to children between 3 and 5.
As is to be expected, the greens had graphics ready to hit social media as the policy was being announced.
Earlier today I blogged about Asenati LoleTaylor’s claims about NewstalkZB and its willingness, or not, to have Pasifika MPs on its shows. Around the same time that was happening, Asenati engaged in an attack on TV3 and the way that they reported the announcement of New Zealand First’s GST of food policy.
Tova O’Brien, who did the story, responded.
Earlier today Asenati LoleTaylor tweeted something, that if true, would be a huge story.
If it were true that one of the major radio news outlets in NZ had a policy of not including Pasefika MPs, there would be a huge number of questions being asked. However, given her track record on Twitter, people have already started to ask for evidence.
We can all remember Trevor Mallard’s Moa announcement recently. The story hasn’t died yet, unlike the Moa. Michael Woodhouse tweeted the following image on the weekend.
We can all hope that our MPs will engage in sophisticated, educated debate about issues that voters find important. But they are people, and they will all enjoy giving their fellow MPs a bit of a ribbing.
But this should also serve as a warning to MPs, on all sides of the house, that messaging and the way policies are announced play key roles in how they are accepted, and social media presents a method where people can easily take digs at you when you don’t get it right.
On the weekend, Stuff carried a story about issues within the Labour party. It contain quotes from “a senior party insider”:
However, Labour MPs are disgusted by Cunliffe’s skiing holiday just two months before the election and will question his work ethic at a caucus meeting on Tuesday, a senior party insider said.
“A lot of MPs are really f….. off about it,” the insider said.
“They are all working hard up and down the country, and f…… Cunliffe is on holiday. Guys like [Phil] Goff and [Annette] King and [David] Shearer, these guys really want it badly and they are working like their lives depend on it. And I think they are a little incredulous about what the guy is doing.”
This article elicited an interesting response from Chris Hipkins on Twitter.