Matthew Beveridge

Internet party, Guernica and social retardation

Matthew Beveridge writes about Kim Dotcom, the Internet party and wonders if they are ignorant or stupid.

Their use of rape jokes, nazi symbolism and stupid social media actions is turning people off. I suspect that nazi enthusiast Kim Dotcom does’t care because he believes that the people are still blinded to his machinations and true intentions.

Does the Internet Party really want to be sending the message to it?s trade union and socialist supporters that it?s party party coming to town is going to do to that town what the Fascists and Nazis did to a town in the Spanish Civil War? Does the Internet Party also want to draw more attention to the issues Kim Dotcom faced around his ownership of a signed copy of Mein Kampf? See?here,?here,here?and?here.

The actions people, or organisations, take on social media help to build a picture of the attitude and views of that person, or organisation. The actions on social media of those involved in organisations also help contribute to this picture, even more so when the person concerned is the ?Party Visionary? and bank roller of said organisation. This is not the first time that Kim Dotcom has made jokes?about questionable things, or?rape. These tweets are simply adding to the picture of an organisation with questionable judgement and a lack of historical knowledge.

However, it is unlikely that many of those who vote, or will consider voting for, the Internet Party, or its Internet Mana Party union, will have any understanding of the offensive nature of these Tweets. However this does not mean that they should go uncritiqued.

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Labour promising to cut ACE…oh wait…increase…no it’s a cut…oh I’m confused

Matthew Beveridge busts Labour on yet another policy SMOG…these guys are so stupid…they bollocks up almost every announcement.

Many will remember that back in 2009, the National Government instituted an 80% cut?in the funding to non literacy program courses. This caused a lot of debate at the time. It was something that Labour felt strongly about, they blogged about it on Red Alert?here,?here,here,?here,?here?and?here?(there may have been more, but that is all I found).

Today?s graphic is as follows:


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Mortified on being busted more like

Apparently Nasty party MP Jan Logie is mortified over her nasty tweet about Bill English.

Mortified it got traction and turned out bigger than she thought it would more like.

Green MP Jan Logie says she is “mortified” by the fallout from a tweet she sent last week that prompted Finance Minister Bill English to brand her party “vindictive, [and] nasty”.

During the Budget debate on Thursday, Logie tweeted to her more than 1700 followers: “John key says Bill English has produced as many budgets as children.. Begs the question who he has f&%d to produce it. #nzbudget”.

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Twitter as a political tool

Matthew Beveridge appeared on The Nation to discuss Twitter as a political tool.

He makes the follow extra observations:

1) If you are going to be on social media: Do it, do it properly or go home. There is no point starting a Twitter account and not doing anything with it. There are a number of MPs who are guilty of this, Ian McKelvie, David Parker, Mark Mitchell (though he is now making an effort), Eugenie Sage. ?They all have accounts with very low numbers of Tweets. Some with as little as 1. To me, going to the effort of starting an account, adding a profile photo and the like, then not using it is the same as walking away from a conversation. It looks like you aren?t interested in hearing what people have to say. So if you are a political candidate or MP and you are thinking about starting a social media account, make sure you are willing to put in the effort to do it properly, or don?t come out to play.

Mostly they should not come out to play. Most are useless at it and I still don’t believe that any meaningful engagement occurs. ? Read more »

Political Social Media – the “before” picture

The left are gearing up to make social media a major component of their 2014 election strategy. ?We’ve already seen evidence of Labour and David Cunliffe crowd sourcing some fact checks, spell checks and audits, and it will only increase in volume over the next 6 months.

Matthew Beveridge has done an awesome job looking at the social media “standing” of David Cunliffe, Russel Norman and John Key. ?He’s come up with some stats that gives you a picture of what “Social Media Goodwill” these people have now.

For example, the most retweeted tweets are:

Credit:  Matthew Beveridge

Credit: Matthew Beveridge

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Using Twitter to identify leadership aspirants

Matthew Beveridge has some interesting statistics regarding the use of Twitter by Shane Jones.

Matthew is doing some good analysis across the spectrum of social media use by politicians. I expect I will refer more to his posts during the course election year.

Shane joined Twitter on 31 July [2013], which is only 3 weeks before David Shearer resigned the Labour leadership, by which time there was already much discussion of his future in that position. In the first month, Shane sent around 66 Tweets or retweets. Which is around 1/4 of his total as at 1740 28 February. In late August through early September Shane was sending 4, 5, 6 or more Tweets a day. This dropped off in the days leading up to the actual vote, most likely due to time pressure as he was out meeting delegates. However the Tweets that were sent were the sort of Tweet destined to encourage engagement, containing images or quotes about where he saw Labour going under his leadership.

Shane stuck with being a reasonably active Tweeter up until the end of September, after that his rate of Tweeting dropped off. With days missed in late October, and then nearly 2 weeks without a Tweet from 20 October to 1 November. Tweeting remained rather sparse through November, with a few flurries, but a number of days with no Tweets. This sparse nature remained the norm for December.?? Read more »

Charity Photo Auction for Christchurch

via the tipline and Facebook

Come Along next Wednesday, 9 March at 6pm to The Backbencher, opposite Parliament for a charity photo auction.

We have a large number of photographic prints, in a wide range of styles up for grabs. There will be something for everyone, from photos of live gigs to landscapes to alternative and vintage photographic techniques. All proceeds will be going to Christchurch Earthquake charity funds.

Support the people of Christchurch, and purchase something unique and interesting. All details can be found on the facebook event page?

We are intending to make a catalog available by the weekend, as well for those who are unable to be there, we are willing to accept absentee bids. Those who are interested in either of these can contact me by email on?[email protected].

Matthew Beveridge
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