Pro tip: don't feed the trolls.
This is part two of a set of posts about reasonstovoteukip.com. In part one we took a look at the data from the first week or so of activity. In this one we’ll explore people’s reactions to the message itself.
Although most of the social activity the site has generated has been on Facebook, I’ve turned to Twitter to help me summarise things. This is easier because Twitter is (mostly) public, whereas what you or I can see on Facebook will vary depending on our friends and privacy settings.
So, with no further ado…
@clry2 If you created this, then hats off! Made me lol, & if it really helps stop people voting for that hideous party it's a job well done— AndyT-S (@bernardsmernard) January 6, 2015
Most of the messages I got were from people saying thank you. Who says people these days have no manners?
If you ever needed persuading as to why you should vote UKIP- check out this handy website! Enlightening: http://t.co/jQHgUzkRYU— Ali Maynard (@AliMaynard) January 7, 2015
Lots and lots of people seem to be on a mission to wind up their friends…
Saw someone on Facebook link to http://t.co/mYZKSvKyWE and got really cross until I actually clicked the link. Fabulous.— Lizz (@LizzLennox) January 8, 2015
And plenty more were reeled in.
A few people were reminded of a classic piece of literature (check out the reader reviews if you have time).
http://t.co/YqardgtOz6 it's a shame irony has about the same effect on the extreme right as a glass hammer— Ethan Lawrence BA (@EthanDLawrence) January 6, 2015
It’s not all light-hearted of course.
We had our fair share of spats. Let me know if you spot some of these ants, by the way.
http://t.co/dZFq4ldjIV << superb example of mistaking the online echo chamber that is "politics" as a means of changing peoples' minds.— (╯°□°）╯︵ ┻━┻) (@dizzy_thinks) January 8, 2015
I think this is really interesting. Most of us tend to follow / friend people who are like us, which in turn means we tend to hear things we’re predisposed to agree with. Eli Pariser coined the term filter bubble in his book of the same name. I doubt this site has changed many minds, but I do hope it’s started a few conversations amongst people who don’t normally talk politics.
@clry2 Very democratic Mr Yiu— jim bench (@jimbenchukip) January 11, 2015
Of course there are a few UKIP supporters out there who weren’t very impressed. Perhaps we have different understandings of the word democracy.
@clry2 Your "website" about UKIP is beyond moronic. You were so lazy you couldn't even be bothered to put anything down for goodness sakes.— Thomas Evans (@ThomasEvansUKIP) January 6, 2015
Can anybody explain to me the difference between a website and a “website”?
@clry2 I am very confused.I am a supporter of UKIP ARE YOU?— tom (@wolfie17520) January 6, 2015
But this is my favourite. Hmm… what do you think?