Canada Kicks Ass
Updates to Politwitter.ca

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Canadaka @ Thu Mar 17, 2011 9:10 pm

I've been working hard on Politwitter this past week, adding many new exciting features along with several bug fixes.

I just finished adding a new statistics page that tracks the sentiment of tweets mentioning MPs. The results are grouped by party and interesting charts are shown.
http://politwitter.ca/page/sentiment

I created a page listing all the Twitter hashtags for House of Commons committees and will now index all tweets using these hashtags.
http://politwitter.ca/page/committees

I created a list of all 308 federal ridings http://politwitter.ca/riding
You can click on any riding to view that ridings social media page, showing all related content for that riding.

I also started a federal riding hashtag format based on the riding EDID number for people to tag their tweets about local riding issues. To help people find your EDID hashtag I created this lookup tool http://politwitter.ca/page/edid_lookup

I remade the main menu using a multi-column dropdown format, allowing for much more links in a user friendly format.

I created a system to collect the total number of tweets each parties MPs make each week then to automatically tweet out those stats for each party using 4 Twitter accounts I have for each party. So people can follow which ever twitter account they are interested in. The stats can also be viewed on this page:
http://politwitter.ca/page/statistics_weekly

I remade the "election fever" page updated for 2011 and switched the charts to use the new interactive Google visualization.
http://politwitter.ca/page/election_fever

I did some major backend work to allow the site to start tracking MPs & MLAs that are not on Twitter but do have other social networks. Previously everything was tied to a twitter username, so I wasn't able to add MPs without Twitter.

Along with that I started creating new directory pages to list the politicians on other social networks than Twitter
Facebook: http://politwitter.ca/directory/facebook
Youtube: http://politwitter.ca/directory/youtube/mp/house

Also related are the new 'profile overview' pages for tracked users, which give a summary of all their social media content indexed by Politwitter. Example: http://politwitter.ca/profile/joycemurray
I've also added 'Klout' score to all MPs profiles.

I started populating the stats page on MPs profiles, here is an example:
http://politwitter.ca/page/userstats/user/MinJK

There is now a "Bills & Votes" landing page http://politwitter.ca/page/bills and I'm working on indexing all tweets relating to any bill in parliament, then listing all the bills with related tweets.

The MP & Riding search was also improved. You can enter an MP or MLAs name, riding name or a postal code and get a list of MPs and ridings that match.
Example: http://politwitter.ca/mp_search.php?search_mp=Peter


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And finally I added a new blog post asking for Donations to help fund the continuing development, upkeep and hosting of Politwitter.ca

Read the post here: http://politwitter.ca/blog/14/call-for-donations
Donate here: http://politwitter.ca/page/donate

   



Canadaka @ Thu Mar 24, 2011 5:40 pm

w00t w00t, excited for an election campaign, Twitter and social media will be playing a big part and Politwitter will be there to capture and do analysis of it!

I added a Facebook Stats page
http://politwitter.ca/page/statistics_facebook

The leaders comparison page was also updated with sentiment
http://politwitter.ca/page/compare_leaders

   



Canadaka @ Mon Mar 28, 2011 3:57 pm

some cool news, Politwitter is providing Twitter and other social media data during the election to the "Library and Archives Canada" for permanent archival.

   



Canadaka @ Sat Apr 02, 2011 12:20 pm

I've teamed up with Global News to analyze some of the Twitter & social media data during the election campaign.

Here is the first article, which I wrote and then they re-formatted and re-worded somewhat.
http://www.globalnews.ca/story.html?id=4546897

More to come!

   



Canadian_Mind @ Sat Apr 02, 2011 12:26 pm

awesome work trev! [B-o]

Only thing I see wrong is the graphs you have posted in the article all list their party as block (the re-twet charts), and not the party associated with a given colour.

   



Scape @ Sat Apr 02, 2011 12:35 pm

So awesome.

   



Canadaka @ Sat Apr 02, 2011 1:46 pm

Canadian_Mind Canadian_Mind:
Only thing I see wrong is the graphs you have posted in the article all list their party as block (the re-twet charts), and not the party associated with a given colour.


lol can't believe I or no one else noticed that!

   



Canadian_Mind @ Sat Apr 02, 2011 2:26 pm

Canadaka Canadaka:
Canadian_Mind Canadian_Mind:
Only thing I see wrong is the graphs you have posted in the article all list their party as block (the re-twet charts), and not the party associated with a given colour.


lol can't believe I or no one else noticed that!


Kinda hard to miss. :P

Do I get a T-shirt? :D

   



Canadaka @ Fri Apr 15, 2011 5:54 pm

I created a new 'Daily Overview' page for those people who aren't following the political Twitter or day or at all. Use this page to quickly see what the top content of the day was. http://politwitter.ca/page/daily_overview

   



Canadaka @ Sun May 01, 2011 4:43 pm

Politwitter was the most popular non-mainstream election website during the campaign according to Alexa traffic rank.
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