This week in Malta’s online media.

So many things happen during the week and sometimes we’re not online to see them. Melahart.com will be going through the bits and bobs that made it to the online medium during the week gone past. Every Friday should be a new instalment of the things I found weird, funny or just plain stupid.

By all means, this is not a roundup of the most important news so don’t get all pissed off if I miss anything. Having said that, I would be super happy and appreciative if you send me any suggestions. If you want I will also link to your blog, Twitter or Facebook page, or I can just keep you anonymous, whatever tickles your fancy.

Well of course this week, this happened:

IIP resolution

1) From treachery to bloodbaths

The citizenship debate has gone European and with it came an appalling sentiment by IIP supporters. Apart from the anti EU stance – which of course will only last a few weeks because then it will be time to promote PL candidates for the MEP elections – some started calling those with a different opinion traitors. While I do not particularly have any stance about the programme I cannot stand this fake nationalism which is being flung about by both parties. It seems like there is no space for debate, just mud slinging, gullible people furiously sharing articles they think they understand and MPs commenting ever so subtly on Facebook.

 

2) Time to learn the meaning of the word “Public”

On the same day news broke that three fools were fined for harassing notorious blogger Daphne Caruana Galizia. My absolute favourite sentence in that piece is:

He said that while people had a right to put up information about themselves on the social media, including Facebook, other people had a right to comment on what was put in the public domain.

So let that be a lesson to us all, once you press send on that status update or photo on Instagram there is no taking it back. Read about my take on the selfie issue.

 

3) Weddings and sexism

This advert, which can be seen incessantly on many local news portals, rubbed me up the wrong way. Yes I’m a feminist and very sensitive when it comes to the portrayal of women as the ones who need to drag their husbands to wedding fairs. It’s archaic and very lazy marketing. Also, not funny!

weekly roundup - wedding fair

4)      Getting freaky with a panda head on The Times

The Times on Tuesday decided to carry a story about KSU putting forward some of their proposals to the Education Minister, Evarist Bartolo, with regards sixth form repeaters. And what photo did The Times use for this article?

panda times

Clever Times, I see what you did there – “distinction between those who failed because of reasonable difficulties, and those who were negligent”.

The photo is actually a still from an attempt by JC students to do a harlem shake when those were in fashion (god knows why).

5) Chris Cardona’s problems with the 140 character limit.

Truth be told I am very glad the Government has made a move towards Twitter to continue reinforcing its message. It is mainly one way conversation as many of my questions remain unanswered but hey at least they started testing digital waters. However it seems that some have a bit of trouble stringing a complete sentence together to make sense.

Pajjiżna jrid ikun leader, fejn ikun ħaddieħor li jħares lejna u jagħmel bħalna u mhux bil-maqlub.

— Chris Cardona (@ChrisCardonaMP) January 15, 2014

 

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.

Scoop! Joseph Muscat’s new job in PR

It is no secret that I am an avid social media harlot, and these past few months I have been keeping an eye out on how politics are being played out in the social media sphere locally. You might want to read my take on how the three main parties are using Twitter and who is winning the election in 142 characters, or maybe you would like to take a look at twitter comments which were posted after the resignation of Richard Cachia Caruana as Permanent Representative.

Social media is my passion and after so many years of dabbling within it I do have some tips and tricks. So here is one for whoever is taking care of Joseph Muscat’s Twitter page; DO NOT RETWEET ADVERTS.

There you go, it’s been announced here first; Joseph Muscat is doing MANGANO’s PR. What is your take on this? And most importantly, what would Kurt Calleja have looked like without Mangano?

PN vs PL on Twitter; has anything changed?

Yes! A lot has changed…

Since I wrote my last blog about the two main political parties on Twitter quite a few things seemed to have changed on the twittersphere. Back in January, the PN were in a very sorry Twitter state, shameful would probably have been the best word, and the PL were slightly in advantage, not doing great mind you, but decently.

Three months have passed and the PN have blossomed – impeccable activity, use of hashtags, adding media to their tweets. The launch of mychoice.pn seems to have a very positive influence. Their Klout score (which actually measures an account’s influence on followers) has gone up from 20 to 36.

On the other hand the PL’s Klout score has gone from 32 to 26. Why? Well because they still use Twitter to regurgitate whatever they say on Facebook. At this point I am even doubting if they actually know their Twitter password.

 

What do Joseph Muscat and Barack Obama have in common?

Good question right? Well, they have more in common then you might actually think. First off both Joseph Muscat and Barack Obama are married and have two kids, true story.

Secondly, they also both have that fabulous winning smile…

And they apparently also have a similar wardrobe. Look at them donning an almost identical blue stripy tie.

Now I know I’ve already convinced you that Joseph Muscat must be from the same batch of plasticine the divine being carved Obama out of, but there is one extra similarity. This to me is actually fool proof. Look at the bio on their Twitter accounts.

Astonishing, isn’t it?