Participation – Must we measure?

Very good piece by Emer Coleman on the GDS blog. Sometimes, she says, social media’s results aren’t measurable, and we should just accept that it has softer benefits (or is, increasingly, an indispensable route for communications). It’s an argument I’ve often contemplated in relation to democratic engagement as well – is it not just morally […]

The Washington Post Mention Machine

The Washington Post Mention Machine is a little tool for the US election, that ranks candidates by the last seven days of mentions on Twitter (Ron Paul by a country mile) and in the mainstream media (Barack Obama, obviously as the serving president, but Mitt Romney and Ron Paul neck-and-neck among Republicans). It’s also on Twitter […]