Sunday, December 17, 2006

Labour Deputy Election Facebook Update (5)

Okay, here's the week's roundup of how the respective deputy candidates are doing on facebook. To make it a little more useful, I've cross-referenced the groups sizes from my last update, so the first numbers in brackets indicate what the sizre of the group was at the last count, and the second set of bracketed number very handily give you the size change over time. Over christmas, I'm hoping to do an update which looks at how the groups have done since I started blogging about them. Note the operative word in that sentence, hoping.

As we can see (below), two candidates have lost support since the last update, while the rest of the groups continue to display growth. The largest growth is evident in the Cruddas group, up 6 on the last update. It will be itneresting to see how the growth rates change over the coming months - I wonder if the Cruddas group can maintain its title as the biggest growing group?

Facebook Deputy Leader Support Group Update in Numercial Terms:

Johnson - 229 (233) (-4)
Cruddas - 51 (45) (+6)
Harman - 15 (11) (+4)
Blears - 14 (15) (-1)
Hain - 13 (11) (+2)

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't understand how the facebook works, Jon, as Hain has got 24 publicised supporters on his website...yet you list him as having 13.

12/19/2006 6:18 PM  
Blogger Scrybe said...

Um, my name isn't Jon. I'm a little confused as to how you thought that.

The facebook is a scoial network which enables its user to create groups. the groups I am blogging about are set up by such users and have not been instigated by the candidates themselves. the group members are simply those users of facebook who wish to declare their support for one of the candidates. since not everyone is on facebook, and not everyone on facebook is highlly motivated, it is unsurprising to find that the number of supporters in these groups do not match with the number of declared supporters on the MP's websites. anyone can join facebook and then join one (or more) of these groups.

it is interesting to blog about since facebook was innovativley used in the recent american elections (which you can google stuff about), and may have similar uses in the deputy campaign and, indeed, future british elections at various levels.

12/19/2006 6:34 PM  

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