I like to keep an eye on the blog of our friend and one-man political soap opera, James Doyle. The soap opera comment is because of the complicated nature of his political allegiances. He was a Lib Dem but quit the party after the general election (at which he was a Lib Dem candidate). He is now a member of the Green party but, and here is where it gets complicated, he is not a Green party councillor but officially an independent. I still think of him as a Lib Dem which is why I don’t get fazed by such manouevres – I sat through enough Crawley council meetings where the Lib Dems went out of their way to call for a recorded vote which they then abstained on to be surprised by such behaviour.
Anyway, the other day he wrote something about WSCC councillors on Twitter that is quite interesting. At the time he wrote 17 out of the 71 county councillors were on Twitter with followings ranging from 3 up to 1775. The Labour group has 100% of its members on Twitter – i.e. both of them.
Labour’s @chrisoxlade has the second highest following with 834 (now up to 855 at this precise moment of writing) and Bob Smytherman is way ahead with 1755. Not sure what is going on with Bob Lanzer though. When I saw he only had 11 followers I was tempted to make it up to a round dozen but then saw that he tweeted once in April and then never again and decided not to bother. Not quite sure why he chose @IO2F3 as a name though.
Does it matter if councillors are on Twitter or not?