The power of social media.

While I am prone to using thousands of words in a posting to get an idea out there, Amanda Achtman managed to cut the Redford Progressive Conservatives right to the core with a catchy and funny parody video that is less than two minutes long.

In light of Redford’s plummeting support and incredible budget deficit despite such a strong local economy, many many people are wondering just what happened to the party that they used to support.

People are abandoning the Progressive Conservative Party of Alberta in droves as they simply really don’t know what the party even stands for anymore. Amanda drove that home excellently in her little video and it is going viral. It is an awesome example of a small grassroots effort making a strong impression on thousands. Proper use of social media can be very politically powerful.

Improper use of social media can be politically devastating. The Redford government see’s their lack of popular presence in the social media world (due to a lack of real grassroots support) so they have hired a cadre of leftover comms staffers from other provinces in a desperate hope of swinging online views. As with most of Redford’s efforts this has been a failure and the flood of tweets and such from her paid gang is really not taken terribly seriously by most.

Never ones to let a small irritation remain small, the Progressive Conservative twitter bunch thought that the best course of action would be to collectively report Amanda Achtman’s twitter account for spamming. This in effect leads to an account being temporarily suspended while they confirm that Amanda indeed was not spamming (and she wasn’t).

The foolish effort above of course then turned Achtman into an online grassroots martyr leading to radio and television coverage of the video. At times I swear the Redford gang will cross a street just to purposely step into a pile of dog crap.

Below is a link to Amanda Achtman on the Source with Ezra Levant discussing the issue.

Good work Amanda. I hope we see more efforts such as your video from both you and others. It helps broaden political discourse for us all and as has been seen, it helps expose where the real extremists are.

Just a quick post for twitter users who follow Canadian politics.

Twitter is a handy tool to stay on top of events and issues and a great platform for debate. Unfortunately, the urge to stifle communication and jam the lines appears to be overwhelming for some folks.

Most twitter platforms allow a form of filtering. Simply blocking the hysteric, obscene and just plain crazy tweeters does not always work. In tweetdeck for example, blocked twitter users still show up in hashtags that I am watching. When I filter for the troublesome names though, they forever remain invisible making the hastags usable again.

#cdnpoli #yyccentre and #CPC have become utterly useless due to a pile of accounts spawned by a couple people. Below I am listing the anonymous accounts & sockpuppets that amount for about 90% of the white-noise in the aforementioned hashtags.

In tweetdeck you can simply cut and paste the names into the global filter. I imagine hootsuite and other programs give similar options. I strongly urge filtering. It is really not that many accounts making so much noise. Perhaps one day we will see useful discussion on Canadian politics again on twitter someday.

 Names to filter:


There are a few more names out there but just filtering those above will make a profound difference in your twitter viewing. Others will no doubt spawn as users keep creating new accounts. They are generally easy to spot. Usually the account will have tweets in the 10s of thousands but only a couple hundred followers, they will always be anonymous and they often will only deal in retweeting and obscenity.

Happy rational tweeting.