It is a well known fact that there is Provincial Election coming soon to Alberta.
The expectation would be writ will be called anywhere from March 30- April 13. Election will likely be held anywhere from April 30-May 11.
During that time, there will be no question that the Provincial Election will be a dominate Twitter and Facebook. People will bring up topics. People will debate them.
But will it actually win someone an election?
To present some argument, I’m going to share this post. While there the obvious ones like Mayor Nenshi and President Obama, here is the story of how Klaus Iohannis won the Romanian Presidential Election. He went from not having a Facebook page to having 776, 911 likes on Facebook.
However, I’m also going to share this. This is a list of “Political Fails”. A number of decisions and posts on Facebook or Twitter that severely cost some elections. You can make the argument that Social Media loses elections.
All this to ask this question.
Do you think Social Media wins elections?
Do you think that Social Media loses elections?
Does it even matter at all?
An example is here in Calgary. Councillor Andre Chabot does not have a Twitter account. Yet he has served Ward 10 since 2005. How does he win without Social Media???????
I’m being sarcastic of course. But you get the point.