Friday, October 30, 2015
Twittering about the UNISON General Secretary election...
These days trade union elections are fought also on social media. This includes the UNISON General Secretary election, where three of the candidates have a significant presence on twitter.
John Burgess has more than 1,000 followers.
Dave Prentis has a little over 900 followers.
It has been alleged that whoever is running Dave’s twitter account has “purchased” followers in a desperate attempt to keep up with his key rank and file leftwing challenger.
When I heard this allegation I could not believe it so I looked at Dave’s followers.
Those four followers do strike me as being among the many of his followers of whom one might say it is a little odd that they have spontaneously chosen to follow the twitter feed of a candidate in our General Secretary election.
So I have tweeted at each of those four followers as follows; “do you support @electprentis and what are your views about the UNISON General Secretary election?”
If the allegations that Dave Prentis (or whoever runs his twitter feed) has purchased twitter followers are entirely without foundation then I am sure I shall receive four reasoned responses.
And when I do, I shall blog about it.