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Become a Facebook Fan of The Left Coast

Be forewarned, this blog entry is a more of a rant than anything else.

I started my first blog, Stacey Robinsmith dot com, in October of 2004. It was all about provincial politics. It was a fun time. Also a time for learning.

Back then The Tyee was a relatively new online newspaper-like publication as well. During the 2005 provincial election campaign they created a feature called The Hook. The purpose of The Hook was to bring together bloggers who were writing about election related stuff. They had their top ten bloggers and I was one of them. At the time I was, or my blog was, getting 1000 to 3000 hits a day. It was a cool time.

At some point, I don’t remember exactly when, I decided that I wanted my blog to be about the issues and not so much about me. So I changed the name to The Left Coast. At the time I failed to “migrate” my existing content over to the new domain. I suppose I lost something like 400 blog entries. C’est la vie.

Anyway, as you obviously know, I still have The Left Coast and it is still about politics. Metro, provincial, federal and some American stuff.

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With the growth of Facebook I decided that I needed to get onboard this juggernaut or get run over by it. So I created a Facebook page called “I’m a fan of The Left Coast.” And I sent invites out to my hundreds of new found friends.

Of the several hundred people I sent the invite to, 41 people responded by making the effort to click the “Like” button. Forty-one people. Wow.

That got me to wondering. So I went into my personal Facebook page and took a look. I saw that I have made the effort to click on 93 pages that my friends have asked me to support. The way I saw it, what effort did it take to click “Like”? What did it hurt to give a little click to show support for someone’s cause?

I mean I have clicked “Like” to support gay marriage and gay students’ right to a harassment free school life. I have clicked “Like” to show support for the fact that your kid is the cutest kid in her grade three class and to end cuts to the education system. I clicked to support restoring the arts funding and I even see that I have clicked to “Like” a group about belly button lint doing a better job than Stephen Harper. I have clicked to show support for getting rid of plastic water bottles and for making free clean water a right for all people. I have clicked to help my friends get elected, and I have clicked to get people defeated. I have clicked and clicked and clicked.

When a friend asks me to support their cause, I give them the click. Sure I sometimes edit my Facebook settings so I never have to see if their kid actually was considered the cutest kid in their grade three class or not, but I show my support.

If you have made it this far into my diatribe, perhaps you could make the effort to give my political blog a little Facebook love. Go ahead and do it even if you change your settings so that you never have to hear from my blog again. It sure would make my day to see a bunch of “Likes” on my Facebook page.

Mike de Jong to Seek the Leadership of the BC Liberal Party

Tomorrow morning Mike de Jong will announce he is seeking the leadership of the BC Liberal Party. That is when the official announcement will be made. However, if you visit his Facebook page you will see that news is already posted there. Apparently an overly enthusiastic volunteer put his Facebook message out a little sooner than expected.

Where did Community go?

I want to throw these questions out to you as I am heading out the door this morning; first, why do we have so many more friends on Facebook than we do in real life?

Also, when did it become the norm to walk around with our ears plugged? Why do we prefer having little plastic earbuds stuffed in our ears so that we can listen to our iPods and block out real conversation?

And finally, when did we stop letting our kids walk to school? Why do we have to have a government ministry create legislation forcing our kids to exercise for thirty minutes a day when in the past that exercise could have been obtained on the walk to school, a walk taken with real life friends (rather than Facebook friends)?

I will add more thoughts to this post later in the day so stay tuned. Or even better, add your comments. Why do we have more Facebook friends than real life friends? Why do we prefer iPods over real conversation, and why can’t our kids walk to school? Thoughts? All appropriate comments welcome…just no spammers!!

Is “Fight the HST” the Initiative that Succeeds?

I’ve been musing on the numbers involved with the Fight the HST campaign. From the “NO BC HST” Facebook page there are just over 130,000 members. That is 130,000 who have taken the time to click a button and join a Facebook group. I wonder how many of those same people clicked the button to say that they “liked” a particular onion ring to show that an onion ring can have more people like it than Canada’s PM, Stephen Harper has fans? That group now has somewhere over 100,000 members…actually Stephen Harper and the onion ring both have over 100,000 fans.

However, consider that as of the 2006 census, there are approximately 4.1 million people in BC. And 130,000 had the energy to click a button to say NO to the HST. From my vantage point, that is not an overwhelming level of support.

Now that the Fight the HST group’s initiative has been approved by Elections BC, they have 90 days to collect 10% of registered voters in all 85 BC ridings. The signatures must be collected between April 6th and July 5th of this year. That is 10% or more from each and every of the 85 ridings.

While 10% doesn’t sound like very many signatures, it has proven to be an insurmountable number of signatures in the past. Bill Tieleman does claim that the Fight the HST group already has 1500 volunteers ready to hit the streets collecting signatures. And, perhaps more importantly, the campiagn has the added benefit of so many new media formats; Facebook, Twitter and bloggers are much more influential now than in any previous electoral, recall or initiative battle. 

The Fight the HST initiative will be fun to watch. Is this the one that will succeed? If it does succeed, Finance Minister Colin Hansen better have a second set of budget books ready for presentation because there will be a pretty significant void in the ledger if the federal dollars are not forthcoming. Stay tuned.