Emily Bell writes in the Guardian:
“I'm envious of my colleague who can ask her MP, Tom Brakes [sic], to look into matters of irritation at Carshalton station. He does it, and registers that he has on his Facebook status. She feels she has a personal relationship with her MP, something a thousand doorstepping exercises would never achieve.”
Mark posted recently about MPs’ uptake of various internet tools, and the fact that there are many to choose from.
Tom Brake’s use of Facebook is a good example of choosing an appropriate tool and using it, rather than sticking it on the desktop as a trophy. MPs (at least if they’re doing it right) have demanding schedules - but it’s not enough to simply throw social media at the electorate without understanding the interactivity that gives them the name “social.”
Crossposted from Liberal Democrat Voice, an independent, collaborative website run by Liberal Democrat activists. Helen is a contributing editor at the site.