Twitter conversation of the day 29 July: Trevor and Graeme

Today is 100 years since the outbreak of World War I. Labour have been using this as a way to talk about their War Pensions policy again:


Following this Graeme Edgeler, one of the resident pedants on Twitter in NZ, chipped in with the following:

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Now based off the text of the tweet vs the text in the image, this is a relevant question. Trevor’s reply was:

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Which is a rather blunt reply. Others have commented on this in reply:


Jonathan has a good point. If you are going to use language loosely on social media, expect to be called on it. If the person asking the question had been anyone else, would Trevor have replied with an answer?

Colin Craig and old Tweets: Take Two

Last night I blogged about a tweet of Colin Craig’s that had resurfaced. Well that tweet has been picked up by the Young Nats, and following today’s announcement of no deal between the National Party and the Conservative Party.


This once again proves that tweets can come back to haunt, even more so when making definitive statements like “It is just not intelligent to pretend….”. So be careful out there aspiring political tweeps.

Media, Twitter and Storify

Friday night saw the Internet Party Party hit Wellington. I have already blogged about their little fuax pas related to the Party Party. But what I do want to talk about is what Jessica Williams, Political Editor at RadioLive, has done using Storify.


Firstly lets talk about Storify. Storify is designed to allow people to amalgamate information from various web sources, including social media, into a coherent story. At a basic level it can be seen as a more aesthetically pleasing way to present what you would find on a hashtag. However, its ability to pull in content from other sources is what makes it potentially so powerful.


On Saturday Jessica tweeted:


I am not sure where she found the cover photo for the storify from, but it works. I will leave you to go and have a look at the tweets that have been included.




But I think this is a great idea. It is the next step along from the media using Twitter. It was rather interesting following the Tweets from Jessica, Lloyd, Sarah and Elle on Friday night. They gave an insight into the inner elements of the Party Party that we wouldn’t have other wise seen in the news product that these reporters would produce for their news organisations. I see Storify being useful for events like the Party Party, where there are a number of reporters attending an event that extends over a longer period of time and isn’t focused on a single point of interest.


This is another example, along with Stuffs Beehive Live blog,  of the media trying different formats to leverage their Twitter, and other social media, usage. As I said above, Storify is better suited to certain types of events than others, just like Beehive Live. However the only way to learn what works is to try, and it is good to see the media trying things.



Colin Craig and old tweets

I have seen something from a little while ago cropping up a couple of times on Twitter today. It is a Tweet from Colin Craig. I thought when I saw it the first time that that might be the only time it turned up. But I have since seen it a number of times.


This tweet resurfacing two years later, to the day, raises a point that all MPs and candidates should appreciate. Tweets stay around forever. Once they are sent, assume that someone has a copy. So even if you delete it, it will still be there. Think about things before you tweet them. However, I don’t think that would have stopped Colin Craig in this case. Megapope observes:

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As I pointed out in my post about Kim Dotcom and the Internet Party on Saturday, tweets, and social media in general,  help contribute to a public image of the sort of person or organisation you are. Remember this when you are tweeting.


Twitter Stats: 25 July


Most Tweets by an MP:

National: Tau Henare 466, Simon O’Connor 37, Nikki Kaye 31.

Labour: Trevor Mallard 226, Clare Curran 134, Chris Hipkins 86.

Greens: Metiria Turei 135, Russel Norman 117, Kevin Hague 100.

NZF: Tracey Martin and Asenati Lole Taylor 35, Winston Peters 13.

Others: Peter Dunne 57, Te Ururoa Flavell 33.

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Greens: #LoveNZ

This morning the Greens have announced their campaign theme, along with the first few images they are going to use. Their hashtags are #Greens2014 and #LoveNZ. I have only seen one of their images on social media so far, but I will comment on some elements that I have seen in the images coming out of their press event. The first image I have seen is this:

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Since this is only the launch of the campaign, and the theme they are going with, it is hard to comment on how they will go down. However, it does fit with the attitude I have seen from many Green supporters. That of loving New Zealand, but not where they see New Zealand as being at. On this point, Katie Bradford observes:




One thing that jumped out at me about the image on Facebook was the scan line type lines on the image. I was wondering if these were related to how they are going to present the images on social media. But going by the look of the printed versions posted by Russel Norman, that isn’t the case.


It will be interesting to see how this campaign plays out, what other images they use. Will we see this theme being used in conjunction with GIFs that the Greens have started to use?