Monday, 1 October 2012

Dissertation Link in Digital Commons: Agenda Setting

How does the Digital Commons help works to circulate you ask?

Well, I've barely had the link up to my dissertation in Digital Commons for less than a week (without even advertising that it was posted), and I've already had 50 downloads simply from its topical crosslisting functions.

So, let's see what happens when some other network pings start to connect to it:

Ryan, Peter Malachy, "Agenda Setting in English Canada in the Age of Minority Government, 2004-2011" (2012). Theses and dissertations. Paper 1162.

Thursday, 26 April 2012

Alberta Election 2012: Election Day Social Media Results

Here's the last report on the uses of social media in the 2012 Alberta Election:

Over the entire course of the election no party leader changed their rank in terms of social media uses as compared to the previous weeks. Danielle Smith increased her “likes” for her politician Facebook page from 9,955 to 29,559 over the campaign to win the Facebook battle; her increase demonstrates a true explosion of social media in a Canadian provincial election as compared to previous campaigns (for example, Prime Minister Stephen Harper currently has 2,796 “likes” for his politician page). Smith also used YouTube to the greatest effect of the leaders, but she did not surpass Alison Redford’s Twitter base of 13,054 followers.

It is interesting to note that Smith’s social media support did not translate into the kind of support pollsters were predicting, especially when compared to the results of the election. In the future, researchers may want to investigate what forces and tactics drove Smith’s large gains on social media, and why party support lags that of the individual leaders (see the final numbers in the report).

Friday, 20 April 2012

Alberta Election 2012: Social Media Report (Week 4)

Here's the social media analysis for Week 4 of the Alberta Election Campaign that were captured on Monday, April 16th, 2012. There are still no changes in the leader board for social media uses heading into Election Day on Monday, April 23rd, 2012:

Wednesday, 11 April 2012

Alberta Election 2012: Social Media Report

I'm posting here a quick summary of the social media campaign during the first two weeks of the Alberta 2012 provincial election for those interested (see the attached document):

Alberta Election 2012: Social Media Report

The report is meant as a follow-up to Tony Seckus' Calgary Herald article on April 7, 2012:

I'll update the report each week until the end of the election.