One of the delights of Social Media Camp is the variety of topics and presentation formats, most of which encourage audience questions and participation. The most recent Victoria BC conference was no exception (except for being a truly exceptional experience). The two packed days, June 3rd and 4th, at the
Victoria Conference Centre provided opportunities for all levels of knowledge, and covered a comprehensive range of interests. Among the technical presentations on current social media platforms – the 101 ‘how to’s’ to expert – a number of panels explored how social media is changing the culture of communications in business, society, media and government.
It was therefore a delight to be on the panel – Social Media and Politics – with Dr. Janni Aragon, Michael Geoghegan, moderated by Theresa Lalonde. Rather than each panelist provide a presentation on a topic related to Politics, Communication and Social Media, Theresa asked three questions allowing for plenty of questions from a very engaged audience.
1: If Twitter decided the recent Canadian Federal Election, who would have won?
2: What is the value of Social Media in politics and campaigns
3: Does Social Media simply reinforce voter preference, or is it a medium to change?
Social Media statistics on Canadian politicians and election candidates can be found on the excellent website PoliTwitter. Follow @Kady @RosieBarton @Laura_Payton for political media reporting on Twitter.
With thanks to Gamut Productions for the high quality video, and videographer Carol-Lynne Michaels. Also to Paul Holmes and Chris Burdge, the organizers of #SMCV11, the volunteers who made it run so smoothly and everyone who attended!
Video – Part 1, Panel Questions and Debate
Video – Part 2, Audience Questions
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