Twitter unimpressed with leaders’ debate

Twitter unimpressed with leaders’ debate

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The television networks’ worms were split on who won the leaders’ debate, but the verdict from the blue birds of Twitter was unanimous: they were not impressed.

The commentary on social media was that the debate was boring, the leaders were evasive and the rhetoric was more of the same.

John Collins tweeted that the handshake was the most interesting bit.

Jeff Neale tweeted he didn’t think the leaders moved anybody from entrenched positions.

‘Only item to excite ppl was Rudd’s SSM commitment,’ he said of Prime Minister Kevin Rudd’s announcement Labor would move to legalise same-sex marriage with a conscience vote.

Twitter traffic peaked at 1,952 tweets per minute during the same-sex marriage discussion.

The announcement was largely greeted positively on social media.

Rauri Jayne wrote ‘KRudd, You just got my vote with that statement.’

But others questioned why Labor was waiting until after the election to move on the issue.

‘I just don’t think I can trust Labor on delivering marriage equality; you just played politics with it for too long,’ Stephen B Sander wrote.

Opposition Leader Tony Abbott came under criticism for ducking the issue.

Many were unimpressed by his reference to his sister Christine Forster, including actress Magda Szubanski, who came out as gay last year.

She wrote she wished he would ‘stop trotting out his gay sister every time he is asked a direct question’ on marriage equality.

When it was over, Mr Abbott took to Twitter to say he was pleased with the debate.

‘If you want a new way, you’ve got to choose a new government,’ he wrote.

Mr Rudd also tweeted post-debate, but he did not comment on the outcome, preferring to reiterate there would be legislation for marriage equality with a full conscience vote.

‘I believe this is the right thing to do,’ he wrote.

Story source: www.bigpond.com


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 Twitter unimpressed with leaders debate Mike Andrew has been working with the Internet and small business for over 12 years. Mike has been a keynote speaker at conventions and seminars and conducted social media training sessions all over the world. Mike has an extensive media background having worked in electronic media for over 30 years. Mike specialises in social media and Internet marketing strategy, SEO techniques and search engine marketing campaigns. His articles appear on numerous blogs around the web as well as national magazines.

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