I’m a late adopter of twitter.
I always thought this social media platform was for self centered wa%#!rs.
It turns out I was wrong.
Twitter enables everyday Australians to cut through the red tape, to get past email inboxes and protective receptionists and speak directly to the powerbrokers.
Last night’s ACT Twitter Cabinet was the first that I’ve watched and I’m convinced that this is the new way of engagement.
This was the 7th twitter cabinet conducted in Canberra, and I’m told the most successful ever.
If anything it’s too successful. At times there was more traffic on the the #ACTVCC hashtag than you’d find on the Kings Highway at the end of a long weekend.
@TimKofCanberra got things rolling with a question about the progress of the Majura Parkway. @D_R_Reid got into a fascinating debate with Simon Corbell on the Opera House yabby traps, I didn’t even know they existed.
The virtual cabinet heard from a lot of the usual Canberra twitter suspects, the likes of @tifosipazzi, @richardtuffin @tinythecabbie @in_the_taratory and @chrisdbarry had their voices heard, but we saw a lot of new faces and very new twitter users making the most of this easy access to the halls of power.
Katy, Simon and Andrew did the most engaging. These three are at home on social media. They understand how to combine niceties with succinct responses to Canberra questions. Rattenbury is much keener to shut people down and to try to say as little as possible on this forum. Joy Burch performs on twitter, like she does in the Assembly. She turns up and participates, but always looks out of her depth.
The Uriarra mob continued to vent their anger over the solar farm. They really do know how to make a big noise online but they continue to assert that the tough questions never get answered. Rates, window washers, bus timetables and of course light rail got a hammering.
My vote for best on ground goes to Corbell. I love the way he deals with complex matters in 140 characters or less.
And the best public tweet of the night came from @krusher46 directed at Simon.
Some of my lifelong ALP voting friends no matter what say for 1st time will vote Liberal if light rail. Killing them. #ACTVCC
Interestingly, this was not responded to.
I think the Government knows it has trouble on this front.