#TweetBD Day 6 – Welcome to BD1K

The penultimate day of the competition and, hyperbole aside, we have a player who’s effort, strength and sleight of retweeting hand would surpass those of Hercules, the Hulk and Harry Houdini combined, surely cementing fist spot. Stand up and take your applause Dave Green, Bradford Council Leader, for, surely, no-on can beat you now… or can they?

But before we do the round up, something I’d hoped might happen…

I really hoped that some politicians would take on the competition as something silly, a bit of a laugh, but begin to see that Twitter and social media is a fantastic way to sell the District. For small businesses and attractions with a limited media budget, social media, he word-of-mouth in a digital age, is a fantastic way to attract visitors and customers.

Social media’s cheap to instigate and, once word begins to spread, it’s an excellent tool for growth, shown by the time and effort spent on it by companies small, large and huge, and the success of tweeting events, such as last night’s @BradfordHour (Thursdays 8-9pm).

Can I honestly say that#TweetBD has revolutionised the way politicians view and interact with Twitter? No, of course not. But, in some small way, I hope that a few of them have found a few more accounts to follow, seen how culture and business in Bradford use Twitter, and will continue to support them beyond the competition. In short…

Round Up of Day 6

First up – WOW! Dave Green has surpassed his own stellar performance of yesterday. Not content with a mere double century a day, he broke through the 500 mark before #BradfordHour had begun then pushed on to a whopping 821, becoming the first politician to breach 1k, ending the day on a probably insurmountable 1379.

Mohammad Shabbir (216) and Ralph Berry (162) had big days, again selling the District brilliantly, and both joined in with #BradfordHour to great effect.

Special mention to David Ward who became the first MP to break a daily century with a some great RTing and talking-up of Bradford. Surely he’s cemented first place amongst the Parliamentarians (though, as I write, George Galloway’s on a RT-athon – how many Bradford tweets will make it out?). With a slow day for Simon Cooke, could David Ward break across the great divide and split City Hall?

Poor Susan Hinchcliffe. On a day when good news was spilling out of the city and #BradfordHour kicked off with a bang, she was stalking the corridors of power and couldn’t get near the Twittersphere. As predicted yesterday, our early leader has dropped into third and Ralph Berry’s got to be eying the bronze. Still, she’s not dead in the water and sounded like there’s still plenty of fight to come. A downtrodden tweet about not even having managed to eat, never mind tweet, was followed up with a barnstormer as she tweeted about and began a long and pun-filled conversation about sausage tasting day at the Oastler Centre.

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.


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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