The general election 2010 and how it will be covered online

So, Gordon Brown is on his way to visit the Queen this morning to ask permission to call a general election. As expected, the topic has dominated many of today’s early Twitter conversations and already has its own hashtag (#ge2010), courtesy of BBC technology correspondent Rory Cellan-Jones.

It seems that it’s going to be very difficult to avoid hearing and reading about this particular general election thanks to social media. As one Twitter contact of mine (PR professional and blogger, @JonClements) puts it,

@BeccaJW: Imagine there’ll be much nonsense to share in the coming weeks.

The political online development projects have already begun, with a WebUser article from this morning pointing us to “Slap a politician online“. A colleague of mine at Coast Digital, head of creative Jamil Shehadeh, has also provided an interesting take on how the design of the top parties’ websites might influence voters.

While this election might not be won or lost online, it’s certainly going to have a big part to play when it comes to public perception and “buzz”.

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