Media Literacy Week: Think before you tweet!
Media Literacy Week runs from November 5th to 9th in an attempt to help Canadians navigate the many media messages encountered on a daily basis. Many of these messages originate from social media.
In particular, Twitter makes it easier to connect with elected officials and political candidates, as well as members of the public and the media interested in what we do. The theme to this year’s Media Literacy Week is “Privacy Matters,” and Twitter provides many examples of how your online privacy should always be a concern.
Anyone can read, save and share what you write or the pictures you share. As the following examples will show, this can have both positive and negative repercussions.
- Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson joined the “Chinese Twitter” website Weibo to better communicate with his city’s large Chinese community. Robertson was already an active Twitter user in English.
- In the United States, Newark, New Jersey mayor Cory Booker used his Twitter account to provide help and advice to the thousands impacted by Hurricane Sandy last week.
- In Saskatoon, Mayor Don Atchison and candidate Henry Dayday joined Twitter to engage voters in advance of last month’s election. It paid off for Atchison, who was re-elected.
- Treasury Board President and Parry Sound-Muskoka MP Tony Clement used profanity in a Twitter message directed at 15-year-old student Keith Pettinger. Pettinger questioned Clement’s qualifications due to a spelling error in a previous tweet. Because Clement is a prolific tweeter, the story made headlines.
- Conservative Senator Patrick Brazeau called Canadian Press reporter Jennifer Ditchburn a derogatory name in response to her story about his low attendance record in the Senate.
- Pat Martin, the NDP MP for Winnipeg Centre, has used expletives on Twitter several times.
For more examples, click here.
The Politwitter website has some tips for MPs, candidates and all politicians for how to best use Twitter. Here are the highlights:
- Use hashtags
- Be authentic
- Quality over quantity
- Make your content shareable (and share other people’s content)
- Don’t be too partisan
And remember, whatever you post could potentially be seen by anyone: a potential voter, an employer, your friends, and your family. Like with all social media, think twice before you hit send!
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November 6th, 2013 at 10:07 am
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April 4th, 2014 at 8:48 am
[…] One Newfoundland and Labrador PC leadership candidate has been removed from the race over comments made on Twitter that violated party rules. Wayne Bennett, one of three candidates for the province’s top job, is accused of making racist comments; Bennett claims his account was hacked and will challenge the decision. Here again is our blog on why you should “think before you tweet.” […]
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