Podcast: Boaty McBoatface and Trolling of Government on Social Media, Plus Countdown to #GSMCON2016
News and views on social media in state and local government in one tidy little package.
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COUNTDOWN TO #GSMCON2016Our little Twitter contest — Your Question Could be Your Ticket to #GSMCON2016 — netted a number of great questions, all of which we'll be answering during a special live recording of GovTech Social's next episode. You'll also meet the scholarship winner live on stage in Reno, Nev.
But that's getting ahead of ourselves. There is an entire episode to listen to before we get there.
SHOW NOTESPodcast regulars Dustin Haisler, Paul Taylor, Anil Chawla and Eyragon Eidam announce the winner of the #GovTechSocial contest for a scholarship to the second annual Government Social Media Conference in Reno, and preview GSMCON2016. They also discuss the social media lessons to be learned from another contest — the British government's naming of a $287 million polar research ship. The Internet's choice — Boaty McBoatface — is the latest in a (proud?) tradition of trolling government online.
The hosts also explore the unique use case of Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART). The agency flipped rider complaints about late and broken trains to draw attention to a systemwide crisis.
Also on this episode, using Twitter to predict activism, protesting and likelihood to vote for this or that presidential candidate.
Links to things mentioned in the show:
- The Grey Lady on Silly Boat Names — Boaty McBoatface: What You Get When You Let the Internet Decide (The New York Times)
- Too Much of a Good Thing — Votey McVoteFace — UK Election's take-off on the original (Twitter)
- Analyzing Twitter: Advanced Algorithm Predicts Likelihood of Online Protests (Government Technology)
- Face Off I: Twitter Facial Analysis of Presidential Campaign Preferences (MIT Technology Review)
- Face Off II: Deciphering the 2016 U.S. Presidential Campaign in the Twitter Sphere (10th International AAAI Conference on Web and Social MediaSubjects — forthcoming.)
- BART Engages Critics to Raise Awareness of Crisis: Transit Agency Tries Novel Approach to Social Media Engagement: Candor @BART
- Jackson 5, Rockin' Robin (1972)
- Styx, Come Sail Away (1977)
- Bachman Turner Overdrive, Taking Care of Business (1973)
- Everclear, AM Radio (2000)
- Limp Bizkit (with Fred Durst), My Generation (2000)
- Booker T, She Breaks (2009)