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Friday, April 03, 2015

Farage is the tweeting twit

One of the first rules of successful engagement on social media is that you should manage it yourself so that people know that they are talking with the politician in person rather than some apparatchik.

Some politcians get away with having staff manage their account, others have suffered embarrassment as employees get carried away and post things on behalf of their boss that go that little bit too far. The secret though must surely be not to allow others to see that it is not the politcian posting.

Thus posting tweets whilst engaging in a live debate on television in front of hundreds of thousands of people whilst it is clear that you do not have access to any internet connected device is a bit of a faux pas.That did not stop Nigel Farage.

The Telegraph report that the UKIP leader left his followers baffled as updates were posted on his official Twitter account as he took part in the television election debate. They say that Farage appeared to send out messages questioning the answers of his rivals, despite the fact that he could not be seen typing behind the podium.

In contrast,  Nick Clegg, David Cameron, Ed Miliband, SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon, Green leader Natalie Bennett and Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood all maintained Twitter silence as they took part in the debate. They clearly understand the rules of the game.
'They clearly understand the rules of the game.' Or so says someone still clearly suffering from being educated in Wales.

Fortunately the majority of the UK has managed to avoid such a fate and is perfectly able to 'discriminate'.
But I wasn't educated in Wales
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