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Social Media Panel

Homerun is watching this election unfold through social media.

Ilona Dougherty is executive director of Apathy is Boring and Anthony Di Domizio is a political blogger. We spoke with both of them today.

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Here's a photo of Anthony before his interview:

 

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Anthony Di Domizio is also blogging about social media and the election. You can visit his blog here.

 

Here's an excerpt:

"As I am doing a weekly radio column for CBC Montreal's Home Run, I figured I'd put up the same column here on Factchecker.

Overall, the social media winner of the week was the Liberal Party of Canada with the New Democrats a strong second. How did they win? They didn't screw up.

The Liberals were gaffe-free on Twitter and Facebook and had a successful platform launch on Sunday through their website. They also snagged the domain name of the Conservative slogan. Readers who go to hereforcanada.ca will end up on a Liberal site called Fear for Canada and one that links to the Liberal platform.

The Conservatives were the social media losers of the week, with a couple of missteps. The biggest misstep of the week came from Tory MP Cheryl Gallant, who compared Michael Ignatieff to Moammar Gadhafi, by coining him "Igaffi". She apologized three days later.

There was also a Tory senator who called two journalists, CBC's Terry Milewski and CP's Jennifer Ditchburn pathetic for trying to ask Harper difficult questions. Both reporters responded to the Senator's tweet and MacDonald admits he will take a break from Twitter for the rest of the campaign.

The biggest story on twitter all week revolved around the leaders' debate. The Greens were shut out and there was a challenge laid down by Mr. Harper for a one-on-one debate. Ignatieff accepted Harper's challenge on Twitter, creating a social media firestorm.

Harper eventually backed out and was lambasted all over Twitter for it. That being said, Harper's poll numbers still rose steadily and he now commands a double-digit lead in almost all polls.

Despite having a rough social media week, the Tories are way out in front, lending credence to those who believe that while many Canadians are looking at social media this election, it will not influence voting intentions. Others believe the gaffes are not big enough yet to cause a shift.

Best tweet of the week, from Rick Mercer (@rickmercer)

When Harper challenged Iggy to debate I missed part where he said in 2015 when debt erased. My bad.

Mercer eventually offered to host and moderate the debate and donate some money to charity.

Worst tweet of the week from @SenatorJake

(maybe im biased here but dont call a journalist pathetic for doing their job...)

Lovely day on Halifax waterfront for PM's trade status. CBC reporters Milewski and Ditchburn were like attack dogs afterward - pathetic!

Catch me every Monday this election campaign on CBC Montreal's Home Run at 5:40 PM on 88.5 FM!"

 

  - Anthony Di Domizio

 

Anthony Di Domizio is a political blogger.

His blog is http://factchecker.ca/