Since someone started this, we thought we'd follow up. This may be the first election cycle where social media (Twitter, Facebook etc) is on full blast. Cranked up to 11. Instant messages drafted and shared, responses in almost real time, cats and dogs living together. Total chaos. We don't necessarily approve of this instant access. People have become too casual in their writing and too quick to respond to attacks. We should go back to letter-writing, a lost art. Two years ago we had the same social media but not to this extent. Just about every candidate has a facebook page and a twitter account.
We've compiled a list of facebook likes and Twitter followers for the various campaigns and parties. It will be interesting to see to what extent prominence on facebook or Twitter translates into actual support. We understand using the page for announcements, fundraising invites and scheduling. We wonder if some candidates believe it can take the place of the often exhausting door-to-door campaigning that wins races.
Can we glean anything from all of this, including what the hell 'glean' means.
Troy Democratic Committee - 43 likes
Carol Weaver for City Council At-Large - 100 likes
It's About the 'Burgh: Jim Gulli for Councilman - 130 likes
Kim Ashe-McPherson Troy City Council At-Large - 179 likes
Anansha Cumming Troy City Council - 306 likes
Jim Gordon for Mayor - 328
Troy Republican Committee - 330 likes
Team Troy - 358 likes
Patrick Madden for Mayor - 665 likes
Carmella Mantello for Troy - 676 likes
Rodney Wiltshire for Troy - 903
Councilman Jim Gordon Should Resign - 1500 likes
Troy GOP - 41
Angry Jim Gordon - 53
Team Gordon - 56
Patrick Madden - 83
Rodney Wiltshire - 495
Rensselaer County Dems - 570
Jim Gordon - 683
Carmella Mantello - 1,121
Don't know what this says. Probably not much.
TROY POLLOI COMMUNITY FACEBOOK PAGE
The Troy Polloi Community facebook page (no affiliation with The Troy Polloi) has compiled a few videos. One highly effective video is of the At-Large candidates answering (or not) questions. The page's author has also transcribed the Gordon 911 call so you can listen and read what was said. Rather effective as well. Whoever produces those videos is pretty good for an amateur.