Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Mexican Politicians and Social Networking

Excélsior takes Mexican pols to task for their lack of social networking prowess:
After the proven electoral success of Obama in the social networks, many expected a bounce in the Mexican campaigns last July. That wasn't the case. Among the minutiae of the electoral law and the poor political imagination, the activity of the candidates on the web turned toward their own pages, some videos on YouTube and a few who tried on Twitter, such as Ana Gabriela Guevara and Guadalupe Loaeza, for the PRD; César Nava, of the PAN; the ex panista that tested the waters as an independent Tatiana Clouthier (@tatclouthier) and the Convergence Party. But once the search for votes was over, they abandoned their microblogging.
The article goes on to offer evidence of the prevalence of fake Twitter accounts in Mexico. There are four accounts purporting to speak for Enrique Peña Nieto, plus false outlets for Carlos Salinas, Roberto Madrazo, Elba Esther Gordillo, AMLO, and Calderón. Given its recent decision in Connecticut, I wonder if Twitter will have anything to say about the fake Mexican accounts.

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