What’s the best thing that’s happened to you since sliced bread? For me? Social media! It’s like the air we breathe now; our thoughts, rants, joys, tears, ideas, news, everything is shared in a heartbeat, thanks to this community facilitated by technology.
Everyone wants to be a part of it, whether they are using it right or not. Social/commercial enterprises, religious/educational institutions, governments, politicians too.
From Obama’s epic 2008 election win, to the 2011 Arab Spring and Nigeria’s April general elections, why shouldn’t politicians ‘go online’? That’s where everyone is, or at least seems to be headed!
Coming closer home, 2011 was the year Nigerian politicians jumped on the bandwagon the most. Whether it was to create a following amongst young people (the largest demographic and subscribers to social media), to dispel rumours/respond to allegations levelled against them via traditional media, or simply canvass for votes, politicians are flocking in droves to this community, and they are here to stay.
Welcome my case in point; Olisa Metuh who’s the National Vice Chairman for the South East of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP). Apart from his personal website (www.olisametuh.com), Mr Metuh is connecting via Facebook and Twitter, joining and creating his own circles via Google Plus, and sharing information via Digg!
How long will he be here for? How active will he be? Take a minute, connect with him, let’s just wait and see