The Ghost of Muscat’s Twitter account

I missed this one! I was out celebrating a little bit of Christmas time.

Reading the news I was surprised to what had unfolded but it was late and I yearned for sleep. First thing I did this morning was to read the various news reports, watch all the videos and go through Facebook and Twitter to see what everyone else had to say.

I will not be delving into Xarabank’s happenings, it’s not a program I free my Friday nights to watch. However, if you would like to read all of yesterday’s faux pas head over to J’accuse for a top notch account.

What I found interesting about yesterday was the lack of an opinion from Joseph Muscat on Twitter. This is not the first time I’ve criticised Joseph Muscat’s use of Twitter, click here for a previous blunder of his/theirs.

Throughout last night there was a constant feed of retweets from his account, but not one single tweet from him. I find it very hard to believe that the Leader of the Opposition didn’t have an opinion about what was undolding, or wasn’t even available for a quick 140 character comment. Retweeting other people’s opinions is all well and good, as long as you also add something to the mix, but Joseph Muscat, or whoever is running his Twitter account didn’t, and that reflects very badly on the Leader of the Opposition.

I hear you say, what about Lawrence Gonzi, no 140 character comments from this either. The only difference is that there wasn’t a constant flow from the Prime Minister’s twitter. This shows a level of maturity the PL Social Media “gurus” lack. A person’s Twitter is about a person’s message, not a notice board where you plaster all kinds of rubbish. Out of 35 retweets, 32 were about the Xarabank debate, and yet Joseph Muscat had no personal opinion about it?

I expect more from the person running Joseph Muscat’s Twitter account – Grow up for everyone’s sake, especially the party’s sake, Twitter users were not impressed.

Airports and thoughts

Specifically those thoughts about Nikita Alamngo’s blog about the launch of mychoice.pn

Airports; don’t you just love them? In the age of web check in, even if I do check in online I still like coming to the airport earlier so I can stay at some departure gate coffee shop. I just love the feeling of transit, that feeling of going somewhere different, and with Apple by my side, I’m never bored.

At this moment in time I’m waiting to board a flight to London and I’m killing a little bit of time going through my RSS feed. Apart from the fun blogs of Snuffalicious and the sweet blogs of Claire’s Online Chronicles, I also read some bitterness from Nikita Alamango. My oh my, what an angry, full of resentment, blog that was.

She talks about the launch of the PN’s electoral website; www.mychoice.pn, and she seems to be really ticked off that the PN want to engage with the people. She seems to be really pissed off because now Lawrence Gonzi wants to talk, when till now he has never listened. Without going into the merits of how accurate that is, I think the launch of this website is a very positive thing,

When Franco Debono had his 15 minutes in the spotlight and there was a feeling that a general election was in sight for March 2012, I blogged about the state of the Twitter accounts of Malta’s 3 parties. You can read my conclusions here, but in a nutshell my view was that none of the parties were using Social Media properly; there was no engaging with the people, it was mere one way communication.

With the launch of mychoice.pn, the PN are addressing just that, the vacuum of two way communication online. The website is in itself engaging; inviting you to share your thoughts and connect through Facebook and Twitter, and if you have any questions, there is even an explanatory video by Lawrence Gonzi in form of a mini FAQ. Thumbs up also on the design which is fresh and flowy. Probably the only disconcerting thing about the whole website is the fact that a user needs to submit an email, mobile number and an ID card number to get exclusive access. While I understand why this has been done (I assume it’s to keep away spammers and time wasters), I’m a little concerned about a certain group of users, which this website is targeting, which won’t be too happy about giving up such information.

But back to Nikita Alamango and her rants, which by all means I’m not dissing. She expressed her opinions, I read, digested and am ready to give my own. Her blog reads like the usual columns on Orizzont; “we, the people, have the right to *insert anything you aspire to here” because that is what our European brothers and sisters have”. OK fair enough, but don’t stop at the tip of your nose. Everyone cannot have everything, and you would be foolish to say that everyone has nothing. Also, whatever happened to working hard for what you want. Why are we living in a country where people expect to be given what they want?

“Students aspire to the possibility of finding job straight out of University and not have education become a political ball in the hands of politicians.”

Well yes that’s what everyone aspires to, but it doesn’t mean that that is what happens. Not everyone manages to find a job straight out of University, especially when we find ourselves in continuos global economic instability. I for one spent a year working in a customer care department, with a Masters degree, but at least I didn’t have to worry about a €30,000 loan I had to take to complete my studies. Nikita seems to forget our education system is not only free but you also get an allowance, which is weird considering she still is a student.

She goes on to attack many other things such as the pensions, free medicines, the free healthcare, and yet again I question if she even bothers to have a look at any news website bar maltastar.com, whose editor was actually the one who caused delays in ICT courses a few years back (talk about a political ball in the hand of politicians).

A rant answered with a rant I guess, but at least I got some things off my chest. I’m tired of reading these regurgitated blogs, over and over again, which go on attacking the myriad of services and opportunities we are more than lucky to have. In the real world, if you want something you have to work very hard for it. The PN may not have all the answers or solutions but neither are they blind to today’s realities.

Franco Debono and the Social Media Reward

The Zammit-Gera murder showed us the ugly face of local Social Media with half the nation going on Facebook and online news websites board with their latest CSI Sliema speculations. However, the cabinet reshuffle and Franco Debono’s latest tantrums shifted all the attention and  we are being rewarded with some quality engagement and sharing.

As soon as PBS told the nation how Franco Debono produced a half yearly school certificate instead of commenting on the precarious situation he himself had caused, Facebook was on fire. People were digging out their old school reports and posting them, urging the Prime Minister to also consider them for a governmental post. But that was not all, the engagement feast was only at its start. Here are some of my favorites.

Top notch local blogs… which are a pleasure to read

Thanks to Franco Debono the local blogosphere has simply come to life. People are sharing, retweeting and linking like never before. From the sleek writing of Karl Stennienibarra amongst others at Bis-Serjeta, Serjeta Biss, to the intriguing commentary of Mark Anthony Sammut, there really are some gems out there, my favorite being Nick Azzopardi’s views on Maltese Politics.

The Franco Debono “Downfall” meme

I’m not being cheeky and referring to his political career, Downfall is the name of the film. Uploaded only a few days ago it has already reached more than 7000 views and 250 likes.

 

It is just a bit of fun and a very well done to whoever came up with it. It’s nice to see someone does have at heart the Maltese language and actually bothers to use the proper fonts. Unlike the Distric 5 petition which is calling for Franco Debono’s resignation. Your heart might be in the right place but please, oh please have the decency not to rape the Maltese language in the process. My eyes almost burnt as I was reading it.

Satiristan on Facebook

From the hilarious status updates to the occasional photoshop illustriation, Satiristan is a definite follow. After all, with such an impressive certificate how can you not “like” his Facebook page?

 

So please forgive me but I have to say this; Franco Debono, for being such a megalomaniac, we thank you.