The Awesome Power Of Social Media®
The Washington Post reports another exciting example of our betters communicating with us via the Twitter, fostering new vistas of openness and communication.
Unfortunately her husband the King has his own ideas about transparency.
The Post says magic Kingdom is implementing laws regulating Internet speech which include forced labor to punish infractions. This has not prevented the Queen from emitting on such controversial topics as education [for it!] and micro-finance [splendid idea].
Your fascinating future of Social Media beacons!
Social Times, “Your Social Media Source,” has discovered a new internet hero, the leader of a nation who engages with his public not just at election time, but online. Meet Goodluck Jonathan, President of Nigeria and Facebook aficionado.
Jonathan is West Africa’s Mohamed Nasheed, a man we’ve never heard of doing ostensibly good things in a country we don’t care about, helped by the magic of the Internet.
The Nigerian President inherited office when his predecessor died, and his version of a listening tour includes writing and reading posts, by someone if not him. Social Times says “Goodluck Jonathan shows The World How How Politicians Should Use Facebook,” citing his vast following and the fount of commentary unleashed by his musings.
And it’s all for the children:
“Jonathan’s Facebook account is not part of a political campaign or a marketing strategy. It is not simply there so that his government can say they “understand social media and new technology”. He is using Facebook as a tool to engage in a two-way conversation with his citizens, hearing their concerns and raising his own. This increases transparency and accountability, while showing the world that his government is active and concerned about its citizens.“
Social Times‘s example of Jonathan’s minding the little people is his reversing his own decision barring Nigeria’s soccer team from play after their poor World Cup showing, after the keyboard army mobilized. That FIFA threatened to ban any Nigerian team from any play anywhere apparently didn’t figure in.
And all the transparency Jonathan has emitted on Facebook hasn’t kept his supporters from silencing critics the old fashioned way, by shutting down their political rallies.