MPs and Social Media

February 16th, 2011 at 11:00 am by David Farrar

The Parliamentary Library have done an interesting paper on MPs use of social media. Some stats:

  • 92/121 MPs are on Facebook
  • National MPs are the MPs least likely to be on Facebook (only 60% or so are)
  • 86% of female MPs are on Facebook and only 75% of male MPs
  • John Key has 50,081 “fans” and Phil Goff has 2,334 “fans”
  • 43% of MPs are on Twitter
  • Top tweeters are Tau Henare on 3,087 and Clare Curran on 3,083
  • John Key has 15,368 followers on Twitter and Phil Goff 2,397
  • On You Tube National has had 436,522 video views, Greens 122,887 and Labour 21,530
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7 Responses to “MPs and Social Media”

  1. malcolm (2,000 comments) says:

    John Key has 50,081 “fans” and Phil Goff has 2,334 “fans”

    Cool. Any word on whether Paula Bennett has done even a single useful thing in the last two years?

    [DPF: off topic 10 demerits]

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  2. jaba (2,092 comments) says:

    Goff has 2334 fans .. really?
    Does Cunnliffe have any?
    is Little on facebook or too scared to sign up?

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  3. Gwilly (156 comments) says:

    Not too surprising and not just because Key and National are currently more popular.

    The You tube figures are also hardly surprising – Labour supporters tend to be more uneducated and come from lower social economic background, so are less likely to embrace new technology and social websites such as Twitter or Facebook. They are also less likely to have broadband network, which is generally a prerequisite for viewing You Tube.

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  4. dime (9,611 comments) says:

    Labour voters are more likely to have sky tv (paid for by us).

    Im surprised. I thought the youth were all about left wing parties. Dont tell me young people dont have access to facebook, twitter and youtube!

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  5. malcolm (2,000 comments) says:

    Top tweeters are Tau Henare on 3,087 and Clare Curran on 3,083

    Tweets from Tau in the last few minutes:

    1] @TheEgonomist @chrishipkins haha that was a good one.

    2] “@chrishipkins: @tauhenare the ringing came from your side of the Chamber buddy!” bullshit. You or shearer. I saw you fiddle with your phone

    3] @bopman1 haha I think it’s called charisma.

    4] @iritanabristowe yeah typical very poor form guys

    Tweets from Clare in the last few hours:

    1] Politics, media and the internet. Read my post (only if you want to) blog.labour.org.nz/index.php/2011…

    2] @LewStoddart Abject apologies #shouldspellcheck

    3] @LewStoddart Did I spell it wrong?

    4]@dchengnzh watch it, will be you next!

    And we pay for these morons? To lead our country??

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  6. Ed Snack (1,775 comments) says:

    Twitter certainly lives up to its name ! A service for those too stupid to realize that the world does not hang on their every inane utterance. Also perhaps the world’s first genuinely content free “news” service.

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  7. nasska (10,840 comments) says:

    It is deeply worrying that this is the most useful thing our employees can find to do. It is even more worrying that they fail to consider that their inanities & spelling are in the public domain.

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