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How Twitter influenced the vote on Seanad abolition

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Twitter and the Seanad Abolition

A week ago, a referendum was held in order to decide whether to abolish the Seanad. That kind of decision is normally the subject of controversial discussions, and especially online where people can express their opinions openly.

That’s why Edelman Digital in Dublin gleaned through the Twitter traffic to see what was being said during this time on the run up to the voting.

Their study showed that it was mainly during the weekend of polling that conversations were very intense: 13,136 conversations online with 94pc of these on Twitter.

The most interesting part of the study was the key online influencers. In fact, it showed that out of 41 Irish senators on Twitter, the active accounts were dominated by Labour and Independent.

For example, Senator David Norris was the most retweeted when he tweeted that he would simply vote no: 213 retweets in total.

The top ten tweeters were…

  • Jillian Van Turnhout, Independent: 4,631 followers
  • David Norris, Independent: 28,041 followers
  • Fiach Mac Conghail, Independent: 8,167 followers
  • John Crown, Independent; 9,302 followers
  • Fidelma Healy Eames, Fine Gael; 2,409 followers
  • Susan O’Keefe, Labour: 2,265 followers
  • Ivana Bacik, Labour: 10,479 followers
  • Kathryn Reilly, Sinn Fein: 2,012 followers
  • John Gilroy, Labour: 1,643 followers
  • Averil Power, Fianna Fail: 3,646 followers

Senators were very engaged on Twitter, posting tweets several times a day or per hour. That’s why they have greater influence unlike the senators who publish tweets weekly only.

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Language Lovers Nominations 2013

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Language Lovers 2012 nominees
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We are in competition for the Top languages Lovers of 2012. We are nominated among 100 Twitter accounts, and now we need your votes to make a difference.

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This competition has been created to reward all bloggers, Facebookers and Tweeters whose interest is in Irish, language and all things translation.

As you might know, as a translation company, we are constantly looking for news, tips and information about language and translation. We share everything through this blog, but also through our Facebook and Twitter accounts. We provide grammar tips, videos to learn a few words in Irish and any breaking news regarding language and translation.

We love language and we love sharing with people interested in the subject, too.

Last but not least, we are helping companies increase their businesses abroad with our translation services. It’s great to make the world a more connected and happier place. Indeed, we translate all forms of technical documentation and websites into over 45 languages.

Our translators are all native speakers certified for their translation skills. We are ISO 9001 and EN 15038 certified. That means that we are recognized for our expertise and the quality of our services.

So what is your favorite language Twitter account now?

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Top 10 Sites, 2012

Top 10 Sites, Global Players

If you are doing international business, then you have to make sure your website is visible to everyone — you need to understand the competition. Everyone knows Google is the number one site in the world, but who are the other big players?

Top 10 Sites of 2012

  1. Google Search: As expected, Google is the world’s number one search engine
  2. Facebook: The world’s most “liked site” and social platform of choice around the world. And still growing at an amazing rate!
  3. YouTube: The site replacing our TVs. More video content is uploaded every day to YouTube than the entire global TV production output. YouTube is the new TV!
  4. Yahoo!: Despite all you hear about Yahoo it still commands a massive audience
  5. Baidu: The number one Chinese search engine. If you’re doing business in China, then you need to be sure your site is visible on Baidu
  6. Wikipedia: If you need to know everything about anything, then Wikipedia is the website of choice for information
  7. Windows Live: Microsoft’s communication engine
  8. Blogspot: Free blogging site hosted by — yes you guessed it — Google!
  9. QQ: China’s largest Internet portal
  10. Twitter: For all those people in the world that need to communicate in 140 characters or less

Just outside the Top 10, but still in the top 20 are Amazon, LinkedIn, Google India, TaoBao, Yahoo Japan, MSN and eBay

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Source: Alexa March 2012