Wednesday 1 March 2017

9 election hopefuls attempting to be 'down with the kids'

Social media a huge part of the election hopefuls' strategies

Clare Cullen

Clare Cullen

Snapchat: temporary picture sharing app

Politicians running for election in the upcoming local and European elections are attempting to be 'down with the kids'.

Many of the candidate hopefuls are attempting to connect with 'generation C' in new ways - through Twitter, Facebook and even Snapchat.

We've collated a list of some of the ways candidates are using social media and publicity stunts to gain the (notoriously-brief) attention of the 'millennial' generation.


1. Nessa Childers

Much like Michael D Higgins during his presidential election campaign, Childers has taken to Twitter to connect with potential voters, even going as far as to use crying 'emojiis' when discussing the bad weather. However, some of the tweets are scarily reminiscent of the @Irishmammies Twitter account.



2. Kieran Heartley

Kieran Heartley is using Facebook to connect with the voters but it would seem like it's not enough; only seven people responded to his (now deleted) election event.



3. Phil Prendergast

Perhaps the most 'down with the kids' of all, Phil is literally communicating with teenagers through her use of 'Snapchat'. An app famed for risque snaps by young people, Phil uses the app to send 'selfies' to potential voters. No stranger to autocorrect typos either, we imagine the below was supposed to say 'PrimeTime'.



4. Ella Goddin

We assume Ella was hoping someone would tweet a picture of her atop a unicycle performing in Cork City Center while canvassing for votes in the local election. Otherwise - why?


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