This article originally appeared in 24hrs Vancouver on September 10, 2008.
  • So the parties are off to a rough start with social media. Maybe things will be better next week after the Social Media for Government Conference rolls through Ottawa. The summit promises to show federal agencies “how to engage your employees and citizens by using blogging, podcasting and the latest Web 2.0 technologies to drive communications results.”
  • NetPrimeMinister has been created by the UBC School of Journalism to track social media buzz for the election. The site scans Flickr, YouTube, Twitter, blogs etc for mentions about the candidates and the election. With not all the parties fully on board with Web 2.0, this page let’s see you see all the activity in one quick glance.
  • If you want to stay on top of what the Twittersphere is saying about the election, and what the leaders themselves have to say, check out Govtweets.ca. Conservative blogger Stephen Taylor created the site that aggregates Twitter posts with Canadian election keywords. However, if you think the Canadian election is still boring compared to the one down south, visit Govtweets.com.
  • With the writ being dropped on the weekend, the opening bell sounded for the UBC Election Stock Market, a financial market where real money is traded with the values of stocks representing the percentage of popular votes or seats in the House. “Through the ESM, participants learn first-hand about the operation of a financial market and they often become better informed about not only the current election but also the election process itself.”
  • The Coast Plaza Hotel is host to the Internet Marketing Conference on Thursday and Friday. Darren Barefoot will be leading a session on Social Media Marketing, while William Azaroff of VanCity will be speaking about engaging community with your brand. I would encourage political candidates or directors of communication to be in the audience taking notes.
  • Amber MacArthur will be giving the keynote today at the CIRA Annual General Conference at the Pan Pacific. CIRA is a non-profit, member-driven organization responsible for the management of Canada’s dot-ca domain namespace, the policies that support Canada’s Internet community, and Canadian involvement in international Internet governance.

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