CBC's parliamentary blogger, Kady O'Malley
The new leader of the Liberal Party of Canada Justin Trudeau might have spent too much time on connected devices lately but his strategy of engaging supporters online seems to have worked.
During his leadership campaign, he collected more Twitter followers than the five other candidates combined. He also spent some time "hanging out" on Google, announced his candidacy on YouTube and his instagram feed is a wall of smiling kids he met on the campaign trail.
Some have even called the now infamous "dancing meme" -- which featured choppy photos of Trudeau and his wife letting loose before a Liberal event -- a "defining moment." But, as Trudeau himself told an audience a few months ago, social media have their pros and cons.
Now many people think Justin Trudeau would have won yesterday's leadership race with or without social media. But with politics being played more and more on-line, being at ease on social media certainly isn't going to hurt.
Kady O'Malley covered the Liberal Convention over the weekend. She's the CBC's Parliamentary blogger and an avid user of social media. Kady O'Malley was in Ottawa.
Crestview Strategy, Chad Rogers
While many see social media as the next great hope for engaging voters, Chad Rogers says it's important to remember there are other ways. Chad Rogers is a Volunteer conservative campaign strategist and partner at Crestview Strategy. He has advised governments around the world and worked behind the scenes on political campaigns across Canada. He was in our Toronto studio.
Volunteer with Obama campaign, Rahaf Harfoush
Rahaf Harfoush knows first hand how social media plays out in political campaigns. She is the author of Yes We Did It: An Inside Look at How Social Media Built the Obama Brand. The book is based on her stint as a volunteer with the 2008 Obama campaign. Rahaf Harfoush is originally from Toronto. She is the co-founder of the consulting agency Red Thread Inc, and she was in Paris, France.
This segment was produced by The Current's Liz Hoath and Dawna Dingwall.
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