The Lib Dems and Tories have said they will be relying mainly on their policies to get them through the General Election rather than social networking.
Don Foster MP, Lib Dem Shadow Culture, Media and Sport Secretary, told TechEye: “Social networking is a great way to communicate and stay in touch. I regularly tweet and think it’s a brilliant way to share ideas and opinions.
“The general election however will be decided by who has the best policies, not by who has the most friends on facebook. Only the Lib Dems can be trusted on political reform; on the economy and have the policies to build a fairer Britain. “
Mr Foster’s statements cast a shadow over a report published by Tweetminster, which monitors politicians’ use of Twitter. Last month ut found that more MPs were now using the micro-blogging site rather than writing their own blogs. More than 100 MPs used the site to communicate with voters – of these 65 were Labour, 23 were Liberal Democrats and 16 were Conservatives.
Its report said: “We believe that Twitter and other social media platforms, if used effectively, have the potential to impact the next general election in unprecedented ways that probably can now only be speculated – for the simple reason that many of these tools weren’t around the last time the country took to the booths.”
But Conservative leader David Cameron is so sure about his party’s measures he’s announced he won’t be embarking in social networking.
He said at a recent party conference: “You need to use all methods of communication… The only problem I have is that politicians spend so much time talking, and giving speeches and giving interviews and on blogs and all the rest of it.
“Every time you add to the great panoply of communication you have to think about whether you can keep it up and whether you are going to fully think through everything say before you say it.”
Despite that, the Tory party does have its own blog and various channels on sites such as Facebook and Twitter. David Cameron’s wife Samantha has also been using YouTube to show support for her husband’s election campaign.
We were unable to get a comment from Labour at the time of going to press but judging by the state of the country we think the party should be using as many social networking channels as possible.