Alert the Media! We Found the Journalists!

Where in the world is… It has taken an entire election campaign, but it looks like NS journalists are finally joining the online discussion about the Nova Scotia election and are beginning to actively interact with Twitter users. In our first blog post and in a Sun TV Battleground interview we noted the absence of journalists and[…]

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#NSpoli, partisans patting themselves on the back?

When we think about tracking political discussion on Twitter, inevitably two questions come up. Who is talking? And what are they talking about? In our first post Who is #NSpoli?, we started to answer the “who” question. In that post we showed that the NDP and their supporters were more engaged in the #NSpoli chatter relative to other political parties and[…]

#NSPOLI Chatter and ‘Looming’ Provincial Election in Nova Scotia

Increasingly, Canadians are turning to social media to follow political events and campaigns, and to engage in discourse with one another on these topics. Political figures such as federal Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau and Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi have used social media to drive their campaigns forward, employing tools such as Twitter and Facebook to[…]

HFX 2012 Election Coverage

Tweet, Tweet: What Haligonians Are Saying About the 2012 HFX Election #HRMVotes #voteHRM #hfxpoli

Since Monday, 13 October, 2012, we have collected a dataset containing over 4,000 Twitter messages (tweets) from 813 twitter users who tweeted using one of the three popular hashtags that have emerged in this election cycle: #HRMVotes  #voteHRM  #hfxpoli. To capture these tweets and analyze what people have been tweeting about in relation to this election,[…]

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Election Updates from the Nova Scotia Twitterverse

To see how the election is being talked about on twitter, we are following a number of twitter streams for specific ridings and regions.The ridings of: Dartmouth, West Nova, Halifax, and South Shore/St. Margaret’s, have all been labelled as interesting ridings to watch because of their status as contested ridings, or districts that are expected[…]