By-election politicians on Facebook

As a follow-up to my overview of the candidates in the Sept. 8 by-election in Westmount Ville-Marie, here’s a quick rundown of the campaigns’ Facebook strategies (sorted by number of supporters):

(UPDATE Aug. 19: Mr. Larivée has joined the club, so I’ve updated the list as of today)

Anne Lagacé-Dowson (NDP)

  • Fan page: YES
  • Supporters: 511
  • Personal page: NO

Marc Garneau (Liberal)

  • Fan page: YES
  • Supporters: 370
  • Personal page: YES
  • Embarrassing personal information on personal page: NO

Claude William Genest (Green)

  • Fan page: YES
  • Supporters: 178
  • Personal page: YES (Though his profile pic is of a chimp hugging a bird)
  • Embarrassing personal information on personal page: Open wall, “flirt” box on his profile page, and photos of him dressed as a pimp. Does that count?

Charles Larivée (Bloc Québécois)

  • Fan page: YES (though it’s actually a group, not a fan page)
  • Supporters: 120
  • Personal page: YES
  • Embarrassing personal information on personal page: Nope, it’s wiped clean

Judith Vienneau (Rhino)

  • Fan page: YES (but no photo)
  • Supporters: 8 (ouch)
  • Personal page: YES
  • Embarrassing personal information on personal page: Plenty of TMI boxes on the profile page. Also, apparently wanted to be leader of the Libertarian Party. Maybe Rhino was her second choice?

Guy Dufort (Conservative)

  • Fan page: NO
  • Personal page: YES (private)

Many politicians have fake “personal” profiles setup, which I think is largely irrelevant since Facebook invented the fan page. So I won’t take any marks away from Lagacé Dowson for that. But Dufort and Larivée not having any Facebook exposure at all? That’s just not right.

4 thoughts on “By-election politicians on Facebook

  1. zeke

    Howdy!

    But you missed one important fact: The number of friends in common!! I share one with Marc Garneau, three with Claude William four with Genest, four with Judith Vienneau, none with Guy Dufort and zero for Charles Larivée as well.

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  2. Pundits' Guide

    I’ve been keeping a count of Facebook supporters for all the by-election candidates plus the leaders in a regular bi-weekly “Facebook Watch”, over at the Pundits’ Guide, if you’re interested in following it. When I first started, tons of people wrote me to say it probably meant nothing. Tons of people. So, I decided it might mean at least something, and keep right on collecting the data.

    Please see: Facebook Watch (or depending how this commenting platform handles URLs, http://www.punditsguide.ca/labels/Facebook%20Watch.php).

    One other point: I’m not sure that any Rhino candidate actually got their papers in by the deadline (yesterday).

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  3. Charles Larivée

    Hello,

    I’m afraid the information you have on me is incomplete. I have both a Facebook group and a profile that is not private at all.

    Here is the link to the group:
    http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=21366620598

    Here is the link to the profile:
    http://www.facebook.com/people/Charles_P_Larivee/657380614

    Both adresses are published on my web site:
    http://www.blocquebecois.org/fr/dossiers/partielles2008/westmount-ville-marie.asp

    Thank you for your active participation in this process.

    Regards,

    Charles Larivée

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  4. Pundits' Guide

    Merci pour les renseignements, Charles. Je vais ajouter ces modifications avant la prochaine mise-à-jour de “Facebook Watch” au punditsguide.ca.

    Felicitations pour votre décision de participer dans la vie démocratique.

    sincèrement,

    alice

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