Euro elections go Web2.0
Watch out Facebook
The European Parliament is treading bravely into the world of social networking in order to get the kids involved in the exciting world of European politics.
Bureaucrats have created profiles on popular social sites including Facebook, MySpace and photo sharing site Flickr. There will also be ad-word campaigns and banner ads on MySpace.
Elections run from 4 to 7 June, and the primary purpose of the campaign is to raise awareness of those dates as well as improving young people's understanding of the European Parliament and the work of MEPs.
A YouTube channel has also been created.
A banner campaign will run across Europe all month including relevant ad-words. Also on the horizon is "EU Time Machine" which will celebrate 30 years of direct elections to the EU Parliament. This campaign will show two rooms - one from 1979 and one from today. By clicking on different objects you can see how European law has "affected real life in a range of key areas".
The European Parliament website will also offer full live results when the election gets underway. ®
I think this is good, we do need to get people my age involved more in voting, it's scary that if we don't we will end up with the people who write the daily mail in power.
I thought it was about online voting. Phew !
It's bad enough with postal ballots - in many areas of Bradford, Birmingham and London men / elders will tell women to hand over their postal ballot papers so they can vote for them. It'll be even easier with online voting.