Lib Dem social networking web developments coming soon!

myconservativesMuch excitement across the Tory blogosphere this morning over the launch of The launch hasn’t been a totally 100% slick affair, as this screen-grabs illustrates – and as Chris Keating has already blogged:

Much angst at the ConservativeHome comments thread on this where many people seem to be reporting you can’t get through to it and that it redirects straight to the Tory Party homepage. Not great publicity, really. Someone should have thought that one through.

Still, it’s nice to know that technical cock-ups can occur in even the best-funded parties.

Those LDV readers who occasionally stumble across Iain Dale’s blog (you know who you are) may have noticed this sentence in his promo piece for

The LibDems are big on using Twitter etc but aren’t moving forward in a serious way – it doesn’t help that they’ve lost two people (Rob Fenwick and Mark Pack) who genuinely knew and understood online campaigning to the private sector.

Indeed, Rob and Mark have been big losses (though Rob might be bemused to find his university employer is counted as the private sector).

However, pace Iain, the party is currently in the process of building its own social network – to be fully integrated with a new federal and members’ site – with a go-live schedule of a few weeks’ time.

I’ve just been speaking with Sam Lockwood (@samlockwood on Twitter), the party’s new Web and E-Communications Technology Manager at Lib Dem HQ, who is keen to involve Lib Dem bloggers in discussions very shortly. If you’re a Lib Dem blogger interested in being ‘in-the-loop’ drop me a line with your contact details at [email protected], and I’ll make sure Sam has your name.

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  • Why do we need a Lib Dems social networking site? Why can’t we get out and talk to each other face-to-face? Seems like another way to keep people sat in front of their computers rather than doing something positive.

  • Dave,

    The point of social networking is to help facilitate person-to-person interaction, not replace it. It worked for Obama, and to be honest, he used it solely as a means to organise his campaigners, who then went and did the useful stuff (knocking on doors).

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