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Spain tops European elections online debate

Following on from my previous post, here are the latest trends in the online debate about the forthcoming European elections (based on statistics collected during the last week).

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Can we measure social media’s impact on the European elections?

With three months still to go, people are already talking about the European elections on social media.  But will social media actually make a difference?  And, perhaps more importantly, can we get beyond speculation and measure the impact of social media on the 2014 European elections?

In this post, I’m going to take a brief look at three areas where I think social media could potentially have a quantifiable impact.

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Will 2014 be Europe’s Twitter election?

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Twitter was a major feature of the 2012 US Presidential elections, with a combined 14 million tweets during the Democratic and Republican Party Conventions and over 10 million tweets during the TV debate between the candidates in October 2012.

No less than three of the Brookings Institute’s Ten Communication Lessons from the 2012 Presidential Election relate to the game-changing impact of Twitter, including the democratization of political debate and commentary.  Pollster Stephen Mills commented in the Guardian during the campaign that “tweeters, not bloggers or pundits, will decide debate winners as politics shifts from a 24-hour news cycle to a 140-character one”.

So, will Twitter play a similar role during the 2014 European elections?

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Mapping the EU digital public sphere(s)

As I have tried to argue in previous posts on this blog, digital media are enabling the emergence of an online public sphere (or spheres) where issues related to the EU are debated across national and linguistic borders.

But how can we make sense of the tangled mass of conversations that are taking place on different platforms?  I think that social network analysis is one technique that can offer some potentially interesting insights.

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Is email dead?

In a context of declining resources and increasing demands, what digital tools can help people to work most productively in an organization like the European Commission?  How can we convince colleagues (and external partners) to change their habits and to engage with new solutions for online collaboration?  These were some of the questions that emerged during a recent “Digital Competence Day” for Commission staff organized by our human resources department.  I was pleased to be able to participate in some of the discussions from my current base in Seattle via video link, Twitter and Yammer.

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Cyprus and the European public sphere

The Spring Quarter started this week at the University of Washington.  I will be teaching a class on the European Union where we will be looking, in particular, at how digital media are changing the EU.  One of the issues we will be grappling with is something that often comes up at conferences and discussions in Brussels – the elusive “European public sphere”.

1 million tweets mention Cyprus

As I have been finalizing the preparations for my class over the last couple of weeks, it has been fascinating to observe the online interactions around the economic adjustment programmes for Cyprus that were discussed by Eurozone Finance Ministers on 15 and 25 March.  According to topsy.com (see graphic) there have been over 1 million tweets mentioning Cyprus during the last month.  The peaks in traffic on Twitter clearly correspond to the two meetings of Eurozone Finance Ministers.

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Collaboration top priority for government communication

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Using the “One Bus Away” app – a frequent site at bus stops in Seattle!

Collaboration, customer service and mobile are the three top trends in government communication to look out for in 2013, according to a survey of US state, county and city governments published on 19 March 2013 by GovDelivery.  The survey stresses the need to streamline collaboration between government agencies in order to improve efficiency and reduce costs, as well as the growing demand for digital engagement opportunities from citizens:

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First Transatlantic Twittersation

Transatlantic Twittersation StorifyThis week saw a new digital diplomacy milestone, with the first live webchat featuring EU Ambassador to the USA João Vale de Almeida (@ValedeAlmeidaEU) and US Ambassador to the EU William Kennard (@USAmbEU).

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Digital media help EU share Nobel Peace Prize

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EU leaders were in Oslo this week to collect the 2012 Nobel Peace Prize.  Digital media allowed the Prize to be shared in ways that would not have been possible if the EU had won the award 20 or even 10 years ago.

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