When you think of a tech-savvy, engaging, social medial juggernaut, do you think Alberta Liberals?
The H+K study, which was conducted between Oct. 12 and 16, gave the Liberals a score of 98 out of 100.
But the Wildrose was not far behind with a score of 97.8. Meanwhile, the NDP was given a score of 92.9 and the reigning PCs got an 85.6.
H+K explains the numbers were calculated using “Klout scores, total number of Twitter followers and number of tweets per day. Scores across all three categories combined and averaged to come up with an overall influence ranking on a 0-100 scale,” the report states.
But the influencers were broken down further to include the top 10 MLAs and the top 10 journalists.
The PCs may have ended up at the bottom as a party but their leader is sitting right at the top, with a score of 97.9 given to Premier Alison Redford.
The Wildrose claimed second spot as a party and claim second spot in the MLAs list as well, with Opposition Leader Danielle Smith getting a score of 90.5.
Number three is reserved for another Tory, with Deputy Premier Thomas Lukaszuk getting score of 86.9.
See the complete MLA list below. STORY CONTINUES AFTER SLIDESHOW..
10. Christine Cusanelli
@CC4currie MLA, Calgary-Currie, Minister Tourism, Parks & Recreation, Former Principal of K-9 IB World School;Change Agent; Visionary Leader; Proud Mother; Proud Albertan. Calgary, Alberta Score: 83.6 Tweeting since: Nov. 15, 2011
9. Heather Klimchuk
@HeatherKlimchuk MLA for Edm-Glenora, Minister of Culture and proud community advocate by day. Wife, mother and midnight gardener by night. Edmonton Alberta Score: 83.7 Tweeting since: February 21, 2012
8. Rob Anderson
@RAndersonMLA Airdrie MLA, Wildrose Official Opposition House Leader, Finance & Treasury Board Critic, and most importantly, husband and father of 4 boys. Airdrie, Alberta, Canada Score: 83.7 Tweeting Since: May 27, 2009
7. Doug Griffiths
@GriffMLA Minister of Municipal Affairs & MLA for Battle River-Wainwright in Alberta, Canada. Score: 84.2 Tweeting since: April 30, 2008
6. Dr. Raj Sherman
@RajShermanMLA Let’s make decisions based on common sense and merit, not politics. I am asking you to join me in shaping a brighter future for Alberta. Edmonton, Alberta, Canada Score: 84.7 Tweeting since: Jan. 4, 2011
5. Mike Allen
@MikeAllenMLA Your MLA for the Fort McMurray-Wood Buffalo Riding. Building Bridges for the Future! Fort McMurray, Ab Score: 84.8 Tweeting since: Aug. 2, 2009
4. Dave Hancock
@DaveHancockMLA Minister of Human Services, Alberta Score: 85.2 Tweeting since: Nov. 14, 2008
3. Thomas Lukaszuk
@LukaszukMLA Hon. Thomas Lukaszuk, Deputy Premier of Alberta, MLA for Edmonton Castle Downs Edmonton, Alberta, Canada Score: 86.9 Tweeting since: May 30, 2011
2. Danielle Smith
@ElectDanielle Leader of the Wildrose Official Opposition and MLA for Highwood Wildrose Country Score: 90.5 Tweeting since: May 21, 2009
1. Premier Alison Redford
@Premier_Redford I am the Premier of Alberta and the MLA for Calgary-Elbow. Score: 97.9 Tweeting since: Feb. 11, 2011
And the Liberals may be on to something in their quest, whether intentional or otherwise, to gain influence in that particular corner of cyber space.
If anyone who follows politics doesn’t see the influence of a well-executed Twitter campaign, they’ve probably been using rabbit ears, unable to hear all the chirping.
Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi’s successful election bid two years ago was widely touted, locally and nationally, as the perfect showcase of social media and Twitter as a message delivery platform.
The social media network was almost as influential during the last provincial election, when controversial thoughts and ideas shared by unbridled Wildrose Party members sent the Twittersphere into a spin. The online movement was partially responsible for what is by all accounts the surprise majority win by the Alberta Tories.
No need to look too much farther abroad to see another example of the Twitter effect. The underdog the last time he went to the polls, President Barack Obama, who currently has 21.3 million followers on the social networking site, also relied heavily on social media as part of his larger campaign strategy.
The H+K study also went on to name the top 10 political media influencers in Alberta, with top props going to the Edmonton Journal’s Paula Simons, who received the highest score in the survey – 99.2.
The top three in the media list were rounded out by Global’s Vassy Kapelos, with a score of 97.8, and blogger Dave Cournoyer, who received a score of 97.
See the complete media list below.
10. Kelly Cryderman
@KellyCryderman Political writer for the Calgary Herald. Lover of public policy debate, spicy foods and Connery and Moore-era Bond films. Calgary Score: 90.9 Tweeting since: June 5, 2009 With: Calgary Herald
9. Dave Breakenridge
@SUNBreakenridge Word Monger. Malcontent. Online Content Editor, columnist and booze blogger at Calgary Sun. Calgary Score: 91.1 Tweeting since: January 29, 2009 With: The Calgary Sun
8. Karen Kleiss
@AblegReporter I report on Alberta politics for the Edmonton Journal. No opinions here, just eyewitness accounts, facts and links. Also: RT & links aren't endorsements. Edmonton, Alberta Score: 91.7 Tweeting Since: Feb. 12, 2010 With: Edmonton Journal
7. James Wood
@JamesWoodHerald Political reporter for The Calgary Herald. Focus on Alberta, occasional eye on Ottawa and backward glance at Sask. Retweets not endorsement, etc. Calgary Score: 92.1 Tweeting since: July 21, 2010 With: Calgary Herald
6. Don Braid
@DonBraid Proud MSM political columnist for the Calgary Herald. Calgary Score: 93.8 Tweeting since: May 26, 2009 With: Calgary Herald
5. Jen Gerson
@jengerson Calgary correspondent for the National Post: Taking trouble-making cross country. Send all brown envelopes to email@example.com Calgary Score: 95.1 Tweeting since: March 7 2009 With: National Post
4. Josh Wingrove
@josh_wingrove Edmonton-based reporter for The Globe and Mail Edmonton Score: 95.3 Tweeting since: July 8, 2010 With: Globe and Mail
3. Dave Cournoyer
@davecournoyer I write about Alberta politics, urban issues, and other topics at daveberta.ca. Proud to work for Alberta's @unitednurses. Edmonton, Canada Score: 97.0 Tweeting since: Aug. 2, 2008 With: Daveberta blog
2. Vassy Kapelos
@VassyKapelos Provincial Affairs Reporter...loves the news, loves to bake, hates to exercise Edmonton, Alberta Score: 97.8 Tweeting since: March 8, 2010 With: Global Edmonton
@Paulatics City Columnist, Edmonton Journal. Edmonton Alberta Canada Score: 99.2 Tweeting since: March 19, 2009 With: Edmonton Journal