Canada Kicks Ass
Introducing a new site by CKA


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Canadaka @ Tue May 05, 2009 11:08 am

I've been working on this site a lot, lots of new features and bug fixing.
I got provincial politics working in time for the BC Leaders debate this weekend. The BC NDP even linked to it on their website.

I've only added trackers for BC so far

It's a lot of work to find and then add with the correct details for all the provincial politicans with twitter, here is the BC list ... rovince/bc
any help would be great! I wanna try to find a mod for each province to help maintain the list.

Also adding fun features like most popular pictures and links tweeted recently


Canadaka @ Wed May 13, 2009 4:53 am

politwitter was getting a good amount of users yesterday during the BC election coverage.

over 100 users online constantly for an hour or 2, and there was a short period where it spiked to over 600 users. THEN twitter decided to die and stop updating their API or any search results. So even on and 3rd part apps people couldn't get updates on hash tags or search terms. Great timing! It was down for about an hour, politwitter was still functional, just no updates for that hour.

The heavy load on the site made it slow down a lot during times and froze the site completely when that 600+ users all came at once. So I have much work to do improving the systems to handle heavy loads. But this was a good test, need these real world tests to find these things out. I found a couple bugs I was able to fix because of this. One being the site was "rate limited" by twitter even though i'm whitelisted I excedded the 20,0000 requests per hour. So i had to add checks in the code for that, and I added a counter like Tweetdeck has, to the bottom of the page. The big bug I found is that when a user has “auto-update” enabled its possible for them to miss a tweet, if the tweet interval is really fast, like it was during the election evening. So I need to resolve that.

Now I am starting to add Nova Scotia politicians to the sites database, since that’s the next election. If you know any provincial NS candidates with twitter, please submit them to
here is what i've found so far ... rovince/ns
WAY less than BC, you Nova Scotians don't seem to be as 'hip' with teh internets.


Canadaka @ Thu May 21, 2009 9:28 pm

slowly adding each province, Quebec & Alberta ... rovince/qc

I *think* a quebec MLA is called an MNA?

Lol look at all the great stuff you can find
Found using the politwitter "Tweeted Pics" feature

I wonder if Harper actualy writes his own twitter. Would Harper actualy say "geeking out? hehe


Canadaka @ Sun May 31, 2009 11:42 pm

I created a new "Statistics" page on politwitter:


Canadaka @ Wed Jun 24, 2009 8:38 pm

Check out the new politwitter widget:
You can add the widget to your website/blog or homepage like iGoogle. The widget can also be downloaded for use with Windows Vista or Apple Dashboard.


Canadaka @ Fri Jun 26, 2009 6:37 am

I just finished creating and adding a WordPress version of the widget, you can get it here if you have a Wordpress site:


Canadaka @ Mon Jul 13, 2009 10:25 pm

politwitter reviewed at ... et-twitter
Click the vote button in the top left to help boost its rank.


wildrosegirl @ Mon Jul 13, 2009 10:26 pm

Done. :D


Alta_redneck @ Wed Jul 22, 2009 10:09 pm

The ad calling to kill the oilsands made me say na on pushing the button. :D


Canadaka @ Thu Jul 23, 2009 1:38 am

Alta_redneck Alta_redneck:
The ad calling to kill the oilsands made me say na on pushing the button. :D

I have nothing to do with what ads are shown on that site :P

politwitter is going to remain ad-free

I have been adding lots of features to politwitter, feedback here or on the Facebook page is greatly appreciated. ... =517713210

I am also looking for other Canadian web devlopers with an interest in politics to help develop the site along with another political site in the works.


Canadaka @ Wed Aug 12, 2009 12:25 am

I added a new section to Politwitter that displays all the Youtube videos posted by MP's.


Canadaka @ Thu Aug 13, 2009 3:36 pm

I create a cool new page that has a timeline of when MPs joined Twitter. To see who the early adopters are and who will be the last ones to join.


Canadaka @ Wed Aug 26, 2009 1:54 pm

I added a new feature, that gives a report card for each MPs "Social Media score".


Canadaka @ Fri Sep 11, 2009 5:37 pm

Politwitter is in this weeks Macleans magazine that hit the newsstands today!


Scape @ Fri Sep 11, 2009 6:21 pm




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