BC Election – guidelines for a digital candiate

As mentioned in a previous post, the Provincial E-lection is likely to have a high volume of online content. Here is the minimum I expect from people soliciting my vote. A candidate website, with the obvious information – contact details, office location. 

Media content at the website – an introductory video, audio or video of major speeches or events

Some form of regular ‘report’ – could be a daily blog, twitter updates, or such

Opt-in communication – an email list, RSS feed, twitter feed that keeps folks updated on ways to participate. 

Finally a good way to provide feedback, forums are okay, online donation tool is good, but some form of two way communication that provides examples that it is used and followed up on.

Next: how my candidates stack up

Twitter Updates for 2009-04-02

  • Gmail. 5 years in beta and counting. #
  • RT @timescolonist: It’s snowing on Vancouver Island. No joke. And there will be more, says Environment Canada. http://ow.ly/1QT9 #
  • Conficker day is rapidly turning into FOX news, a lot of hype at the front end but nothing that really holds your attention. #
  • Looking for work kinda sucks -you never get used to the FOAD letters. #
  • A wet walk hpme #

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Twitter Updates for 2009-03-31

  • Got my ‘new to me’ netbook – running OSX no less #
  • @jvangorp MSI Wind – second hand with the k-version of OSX (msiwind.net) in reply to jvangorp #
  • I have two observations on the environment. I’m freezing my butt off – and Al Gore is a big fat liar. #
  • I’m having a hard time getting my income and expenses to balance – any chance of working another 18 days a week? #

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Twitter Updates for 2009-03-30

  • Finally a nice enough day. Camera in one hand, iPhone on the other. I’m going for a walk. #
  • Walking, picture taking and listening to “Confessions of an Economic Hitman” #
  • Today’s Photographic effort http://snurl.com/et5iv #
  • Dont know how good it will be but even if its a train wreck – it’ll be funny
    RT Are you at Kevinpollakschatshow.com yet? (via @kevinpollak) #
  • 6. Add “yak shaving” to CV;
    5. Use TextMate;
    4. Update GetBundles;
    3. Alias SVN checkout in bash;
    2. Google bash tricks (via @hotdogsladies) #
  • New game – three degrees of Kevin Pollak. Because kevin bacon is a wimp with seven. #

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BC Election Tuesday, May 12, 2009 – Web style

Starting to see stuff out for the upcoming Provincial Election. Following the recent US E-lection, it is safe to say that we are going to get more web-friendly electionering this time around.

In addition to the first online registation system for voters, the regular web will provide a large chunk of the information delivery. I’m a fan of http://www.publiceyeonline.com/ as the home of all the ‘inside Victoria” stuff. The regular media outlets, the party web sites, and Google News round out the top hitters here.

The online sources, whether the more classic website or the more blog-like commentaries, should be well represented across the whole political range.

Probably the most hyped technology from the US election – Twitter – will make a appearence in force in the next 6 weeks. I’ve updated my twitter to follow @ publiceyeonline and @VaughnPalmer
The local newspaper (or at least someone who reads it) has done a great job with updates @timescolonist

If you want a different point of view there are a number of electronic publications such as The Tyee .

The sleeper technology is going to be the media (audio and video). Will podcast and livestreaming become part of campaign coverage? Will it be generated by the parties, the large media outlets, or relatively independent third parties.

Next: The online candiate checklist.

Twitter Updates for 2009-03-28

  • It’s Friday, and I’m okay with that. #
  • RT @timescolonist: Need a spring pick-me-up? Check out our Flower Count audio slideshow. Reader’s photos with music … http://ow.ly/1xi4 #
  • I often wonder the value of calling staff meetings. The people that need to know dont show. And those that do don’t need to show. #
  • if it is truly the journey not the destination that matters – then there is no damn way I’m going Coach. #

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