After several weeks of observation (especially over the holidays), of our three provincial political leaders Twitter accounts I have some remarks.
This is old news by the way, as was reported by CBC late November, Dr Jon Gerrard is the only guy who actually tweets his own tweets.
It shows. Both Greg Selinger's and Hugh McFadyen's accounts spew out messages more like controlled propaganda than a personal and relevant message to the Twitterverse. Much like Judy W's Twitter account last civic election, I think all we can expect from these two guys during the election is slap-happy press releases in 140 characters or less about how great they are and who they're meeting for lunch.
Why Dr Jon Gerrard is the only political leader in this entire province has at least grasped the concept that Twitter is a personal communication tool is quite beyond me. I mean its not like these guys have like staff and stuff that advise them on these kinds of things right...
...Right. Especially nobody to tell them how lame and empty their holiday tweets were.
Happy New Year!! Bonne Année a tous! All the best in the new year!
Wishing all #Manitobans a Merry Christmas and happy holiday season!
You're really making headway there with such touching messages.
Merry Christmas! Naomi and I are blessed to have Pauline and Roger and our two grandchildren back from Laos and with us today for Christmas
Sounds like a wonderful time of the year! I don't know Gerrard's family and neither do most people but this message says far, far more than the dry-as-winter staples from McFadyen and Selinger. As if they rolled their eyes and said "...do we haaaave to update our Twitter thingy?"
Well, no you don't. But that's your choice to ignore this connection and communication tool. I'd probably make a crack here about how this is a couple of old guys just ignoring technology but I really can't, because I'm pretty sure Gerrard has the seniority.
Sure, maybe the holidays aren't the best indicator.
Dr Jon Gerrard
Last night - Brief Encounter at MTC - a neat mixture of theatre, film and Noel Coward songs.
Wow hey, not only was Gerrard out on the town just the other night, he wasn't out on the town electioneering or posing for some picture. He was taking in the arts. He even added a personal commentary note about the play/production. This lets me know the message is real and authentic.
In the same time frame, "McFadyen" tweeted another dry message about Ukrainian Christmas, and "Selinger" did the same...except he one-upped his opposition by throwing in some Ukrainian (as if the message wasn't sterile enough in English).
And, finally, even the pictures for the twitter profiles are telling. "Selinger" and "McFadyen" are both predictably professional press photos with their suits and ties and fake smiles cropped just right. Gerrard's is...in a Cessna or helicopter or something, and may have even been taken by somebody's iPhone.
If you're looking for this election to take to Twitter and sweep the internet, you'll have to wait at least another four years. Otherwise look forward to glaze over just about everyone's Twitter feeds, save Dr Jon Gerrard.