Social Media Matters: High-profile NDP MP leaves Twitter

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By Brian Cormier
Moncton Times & Transcript
Friday, April 6, 2012
Metro section

High-profile NDP MP leaves Twitter

Reports surfaced earlier this week that high-profile NDP MP Charlie Angus has logged off Twitter for good after becoming disillusioned with the social media network.

According to an April 2 report by Carys Mills in The Globe and Mail, Angus left Twitter because he didn’t think it was a valuable way of getting much work done or having a real discussion about the issues.

Charlie Angus
Charlie Angus

He also decried the use of anonymous Twitter accounts to spread negativity – including blatant racism – without repercussion. While admitting that he did like Facebook because ‘I’m dealing with real communities, real people,’ he blasted Twitter by comparing it to ‘being badgered by a drunk on a 24-hour bus ride.’ Angus also said he could not handle the lack of checks and balances on Twitter. This certainly is one of Twitter’s main weaknesses.

A person can be quite successfully anonymous on Twitter if they’re smart enough – and Twitter basically says, ‘Tough!’ if you’re looking to do something about anonymous lies about you or your business.

Twitter’s major weakness lies in the fact that lies and hoaxes can spread quickly and anonymously.

In my own experience, Facebook is much more reactive to defamatory and unscrupulous activity. The number of anonymous accounts on Facebook seems to be a mere pittance versus Twitter, where being anonymous is practically de rigueur.

Twitter can be an amazing place for information – just take what anonymous accounts say with a huge grain of salt – and I do mean huge. We all know that online anonymity and integrity are not exactly travelling companions.

Canadian penny on Twitter

Canadian PennyAfter last week’s federal budget that announced, among other things, the imminent demise of the Canadian penny, a jokester created a Twitter account for our much-reviled onecent coin at @CDN_Penny In fact, the account now has more than 3,000 followers, proving perhaps that there were some lovers of the penny out there after all!

Sample tweets from the account include: ‘I appreciate everyone putting up with me over the years – and especially the last few days as I’ve been dealing with some bad news’; ‘Anyone watch William Shatner host the Junos last night?

Nice to finally see a Canadian who’s been around longer than I have’; and ‘I used to be so good with change…’

Easter online

Easter is Sunday, and there are few things you may want to check out online to help celebrate.

Do your children like to colour? If socol, check out Free Coloring Pages’ Easter collection (computerized colouring), or Coloring.ws‘s Easter collection (printable pages for crayon colouring). In fact, Coloring.ws seems to have a huge repertoire of colouring pages for any occasion or subject, including the alphabet, cartoon characters, music, people, sports and transportation, to name but a few.

And if you’re in the mood for a musical pick-me-up, head over to my own YouTube channel to check out my video of my cousin Kelley Mooney performing her spiritual lyrical adaptation of Leonard Cohen’s iconic Hallelujah. While the original version is not a spiritual song, many people are of the misunderstanding that it is because of the repeated Hallelujah in the chorus.

The video was recorded on June 1, 2010, at the Monument Lefebvre in Memramcook when Kelley was a guest performer at the annual springtime concert of Chorale Voce dell’ Anima led by Monette Gould.

The video has gone viral and is especially popular at Easter. So far, it’s garnered more than 410,000 views and 1,000 likes. After hearing Kelley’s version, Leonard Cohen reportedly gave it a big thumbs up!

This week’s featured YouTube channels

Each week, I suggest three YouTube channels for you to check out. Statistics are current to April 2. Have a favourite channel? Let me know about it and I may feature it here!

1 ) CDEVD / EDCCD (2 subscribers): The Economic Development Corporation of the City of Dieppe recently launched its own YouTube channel to help spread the word about business opportunities in New Brunswick’s fastest-growing city. The channel is still under development graphics-wise, but there’s already a video posted that highlights the organizations past 10 years. Check it out! (Most popular video: ’10 ans de succès – CDÉVD / 10 years of success – EDCCD’ – 17 views.)

2) Household Hacker (1,245,882 subscribers): This channel offers a number of very cool how-to videos, pranks, science experiments, and the like. There’s definitely something for everyone here! (Most popular video: ‘How to Charge an iPod using electrolytes and an onion’ – 9,145,978 views.)

3) NurdRage (126,230 subscribers): NurdRage is a YouTube channel for science experiment junkies. It describes itself as, ‘A channel run by science nerds for science nerds. We demonstrate science experiments for all levels, from kitchen chemistry to advanced synthesis.’ They have videos showing you how to make flowers glow in the dark, how make a colour-changing glow stick, and how to make iron bleed. (Most popular video: ‘Make Glow Sticks – The Science’ – 1,180,434 views.)

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