My colleagues have been compiling information on the most social media savvy candidates in Burnaby and New Westminster during the 2011 municipal election campaign.
When speaking to someone about who they’ve noticed as a social media presence during the election, a fellow reporter was told something along the lines of, “There is this one name that pops up… Janaya… think it might be a reporter…”
Which points to a problem I’m noticing this election. While our neighbours in New West are tweeting away and chatting up storm using various media, Burnaby is a bit of a social media ghost town when it comes to the election. Or maybe ghost town isn’t quite right, as there hasn’t been a strong Burnaby presence online in previous elections, either.
So let’s get talking. I don’t mean the occasional politician (in Burnaby, the most Twitter-happy candidates seem to be @BurnabyDan (Coun. Dan Johnston of the Burnaby Citizens Association), @cwalkker (Carrie McLean, council candidate with the Municipal Green party) and @JimFavaro (Jim Favaro, council candidate for TEAM Burnaby). There are also tweets from @TeamBurnaby itself, and of course, your local reporters.
But I want to know what residents are thinking about the election. Please join the conversation – use the hashtag #bbyelxn to share ideas, concerns or thoughts on the municipal election, taking place on Nov. 19.