#TweetBD Day 5 – A Double Century!

#TweetBD day 5 – and things are getting exciting at the top and the bottom. There’s been a record-breaking day for one politician, a change of position in the MPs’ mini-competition, and one councilor may be about to realize that she’s in a marathon not a sprint.

But before the breakdown, why did I do #tweetBD? Put simply, Bradford doesn’t get the press it deserves and, as the national (even local) media ignores its positives, it’s up to us to show and share what’s great. Social media, and Twitter in particular, is a great way of doing this. Sharing tweets from official accounts means that a tweet that took someone in Jacob’s Well or City Hall 40 seconds to write is spread across the district as it pops up in timelines hours, even days, after it was first published. One tweet written at 9 can be seen and shared at 10, 11, 12 and so on, all day and night, as people see it for the first time and spread it around.

With MPs particularly, a RT showing what Bradford’s got has more of a national audience, and most are followed by journalists and other influential people – which is why I think it’s a shame that the local politicians are outstripping the Parliamentarians by such a long way.

Of course, the local politicians’ followers are spread far and wide, too, and Simon Cooke’s large national and global audience getting a regular dose of positive Bradford is great to see. Ralph Berry’s connections, particularly in the north, show people to our east and west that they shouldn’t just pass us by as they race to and from Leeds or Manchester, but come, stop a while and enjoy what we’ve got to offer.

In short, Bradford’s council, businesses, artists, attractions and movers & shakers are using social media to sell our city and district, shouting that we’re open for business and culture and fun – but they need the social part, too, or they’re simply shouting at the sea. Retweets and recommendations can be the first time someone hears of an event or business, and can often be the reason why someone attends. It’s cheap, it’s easy and it works – but only if we support it; and who better to lead us in our support than Bradford’s leaders?

#TweetBD Day 5

Dave Green sustains his meteoric rise and becomes the first politician to reach a double century – 243 makes him easily the daily winner and cements his place at the top. Fantastic work which will help Bradford’s businesses and cultural activities no end!

Mohammad Shabbir had another great day, and his game plan of tweeting about his best places to visit in Bradford, especially those in his own ward, has reaped rewards. He’s not a massive retweeter, preferring to give personal, heart-felt recommendations of attractions and businesses. This is brilliant because most of the stuff he’s spotlighted don’t appear on the @visitBradford twitterfeed. He’s now hot on the heels of early leader Susan Hinchcliffe and, unless she can pull something out of the bag, it looks like he’ll be in silver position by tomorrow.

Ralph Berry had a good day – 85 – meaning he’s narrowly behind Simon Cooke.

Another poor day for the MPs generally, with David Ward’s 59 being the best the Parliamentarians can crow about. He takes over top Parliamentary spot from George Galloway who, despite, having a bit of a RT-athon, missed all of @visitBradford, @CityParkBD, @hiddenBradford and other’s tweets. Too much about Croydon and Glasgow means he slips 7th.

Down at the bottom, it was another poor day for Philip Davies. Sending only two tweets, neither about Bradford District, means he remains in the wooden spoon position.

The Table

The Scoring System

2 – RT of member of the public enjoying an event / attraction in the district or RTing Braford company or organisation, advertising it.
5 – RT with reply / comment on tweet from member of the public enjoying an event / attraction in the district.
10 – RT of account selling a Bradford & District event & attraction, such as @visitBradford, @MediaMuseum or @hiddenBradford.
15 – Tweet from an event / attraction.
50 – tweet linking to a self-penned blogpost / video about enjoying an event or attraction.

If you agree or disagree with what I’m doing, if you think it’s a good yardstick for politicians or stupid beynd belief, please leave a comment and let me know.

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About jatkinson1977

I'm in my 30s and married to Sharon, the beautiful woman who keeps me in check. We live in Shipley, just outside Bradford, with our black lab, Nipper. I'm an English teacher in secondary school and, after working as a Teaching & Learning Consultant with the local authority, have returned to the classroom to become a Lead Professional in English at a large comp in Bradford. I'm also trying to become a little more cultured, especially by seeing what culture's right here on my doorstep in Bradford and West Yorkshire (please see my blog, 'Am I Kulchad Yet?'). I've got a third and final blog which is filled with things that, essentially, don't fit into the other two but are interesting enough to share (please see my blog, 'Things That Occur To Me').
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