Monday, December 14, 2009

Five Hours Until the #BlogWars Begin

Tonight sees the logical extension of online political warfare.  Teams from CCHQ, Labour, GuyNews.TV and assorted political campaigns are being extraordinarily rendered into the back of black vans with darkened windows to an undisclosed secret location for battle.

For those who want to follow the action tonight’s hashtag is #blogwars.  See also ‘Bambi-killer’ ToryBear, Shane GreerThis is not just paintball….

*Guido extracted this old picture of him the late 80s on the frontline between freedom and Marxist dictatorship (unfortunately his freedom fighting friends are probably still classified).

Friday, December 11, 2009

LibDems Not Winning Here

This coming Monday night all over London crack teams of digital war-planners will be extraordinarily rendered into the back of black vans with darkened windows to an undisclosed secret location. With only months to go before full scale political war breaks out, digital advertising and campaigns agency MessageSpace* has, in the tradition of the trenches of the First World War, organised a frontline truce with drinks. After doing paintball battle…

Combatants from CCHQ’s MyConservatives.com and Labour’s digital teams will be fighting with leading bloggers (cough) and online campaigners from the political world. It should be fun, it could be brutal, hopefully Guido won’t be too bruised.

Despite being invited, the LibDem’s failed to muster a team…

*Yes, they sell Guido’s adverts.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

What’s Hot on the Fringe Tomorrow

fringelist-buttonA little bit earlier than midnight, here is what is hot on the Tory fringe based on registrations with FringeList.com:

The Top 10:

  1. Iain Dale’s Blog Readers’ Party
  2. Tweet for Change/Bloggers meet up
  3. Trust in Politics: How to get it back
  4. Lucky Number 10NEW ENTRY
  5. Champagne Reception – The Conservative Local Government receptionNEW ENTRY
  6. What Priorities in Europe for a Conservative Government?NEW ENTRY
  7. Beers of Europe: ReceptionNEW ENTRY
  8. Picking Winners: Can engineering succeed where finance failed?NEW ENTRY
  9. Housing Poverty: From social breakdown to social mobilityNEW ENTRY
  10. The Rural Reception

James Cleverly (Boris’ ambassador) was raving about the service, his itinerary is public here : tory.fringelist.com/jamescleverly.  Jesse Norman is advertising his speaking itinerary here : tory.fringelist.com/jesse_norman and James Bethell is very busy tory.fringelist.com/jamesbethell.  See who is going where via tory.fringelist.com/goersHundreds of delegates have received thousands of text reminders this week…

What’s Hot on the Fringe

fringelist-buttonA few more changes last night to the Fringelist.com top events derived from the most registrations made by conference goers to receive free SMS text reminders.

The new #1 is the Sunlight Centre’s “Disinfecting Parliament: Debate on MP’s expenses.” The debate will be chaired by Home Office whistleblower Chris Galley and Guido will be arguing on the panel with Jacqui Smith’s media defender, John Rentoul, the Independent’s political correspondent and Mark Wallace from the Taxpayers’ Allliance.

The Top 10:

  1. Disinfecting Parliament: Debate on the Shadow Report into MP’s expenses
  2. Iain Dale’s Blog Readers’ Party
  3. Conference Pride
  4. Would we be Beter Off Out of the European Union?NEW ENTRY
  5. Save Our Pubs and Clubs Drinks Party
  6. Tweet for Change/Bloggers meet up
  7. Trust in Politics: How to get it backNEW ENTRY
  8. Murdoch was right! The case against the BBCNEW ENTRY
  9. The Rural ReceptionNEW ENTRY
  10. A Reception to launch Progressive ConservativesNEW ENTRY

Six new entries compared to yesterday’s movers-and-shakers listOnly twenty-six receptions remaining over the next two nights…

Monday, October 5, 2009

What’s Hot on the Fringe

fringelist-buttonA few changes today to the Fringelist.com top ten events derived from the most registrations made by conference goers to receive free SMS text reminders.

The new #1 is Google’s campaigning breakfast event.  Expect it to be full of hungover geeks tomorrow morning…

The Top 10 Tonight:

  1. Google’s Guide to Online Campaigning
  2. You TWEET If You Want To: #Twinge
  3. A Force to be Reckoned With: Police ReformNEW ENTRY
  4. Iain Dale’s Blog Readers’ Party
  5. Disinfecting Parliament
  6. The Thin Blue Line: How Do We Build Public Confidence in Policing?- NEW ENTRY
  7. Can Mentoring and Skills Reduce Re-offending?- NEW ENTRY
  8. Tory Bear and Friends Karaoke
  9. Conference PrideNEW ENTRY
  10. Save Our Pubs and Clubs Drinks Party

A lot of moves in the rankings from yesterday.  Three new entries focused on law and order, plus another social event entering the top ten – Conference Pride. Still no sign of a surge towards fringe events focused on Europe…

Sunday, October 4, 2009

What’s Hot on the Fringe

fringelist-buttonAt the time of blogging there are 447 Fringe events on Fringelist.com. The ten events with the most conference goers registered to receive SMS text reminders after the first day are, somewhat surprisingly, not about Europe.

The Top 10:

  1. You TWEET If You Want To: #Twinge
  2. Iain Dale’s Blog Readers’ Party
  3. Google’s Guide to Online Campaigning
  4. Tory Bear and Friends Karaoke
  5. Disinfecting Parliament
  6. Trust in Politics: How to Get it Back
  7. Save Our Pubs and Clubs Drinks Party
  8. Why is the Left so Hostile to Israel?
  9. Will the Conservatives Challenge the Bully State?
  10. Tweet for Change/Bloggers Meet Up

The registrations only just got going yesterday so disproportionately favour events promoted online by bloggers, Twitter is big.  Social events are well represented…

Saturday, October 3, 2009

The Tory Fringe Online

Looks like it will be busy this year on the Tory Fringe.  Guido is using Fringelist.com to organise his schedule online. Register for the service and it will send you free text reminders for events you add to your schedule.  The service integrates with Blackberry, iPhone and desktop calendars.  Or you can just print out the schedule on paper.

It integrates with social media networks Facebook and Twitter, tells you what the most popular event is, letting you search the Fringe to find out who is speaking where and when.  If you want to know where Hannan is, just search for his name. You will get a free text reminder telling where you are supposed to be before the event starts.  It is hangover proof.

It is very social, you can see where your mates are going : tory.fringelist.com/goers. For example you can see where Guido is going tory.fringelist.com/guido.fawkes

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Dale Launches Video Advertising on Blogs

Some of you may have spotted that there are videos playing across the blogosphere starring Iain Dale.

In the video advertisement launching MessageSpace’s new user-generated “Lite” advertising service he amusingly demonstrates two ways of advertising on Iain Dale. Press play to see for yourself.

Guido should declare an interest in that his broadband bills (and a little bit more) are paid by MessageSpace.

Rumour has it that Kerron Cross is to star in the next video advert!


Seen Elsewhere

Ruffley Loses Confidence of Constituency | Guardian
Ruffley Under Pressure to Quit | Telegraph
Gove Launches Ruffley Probe | Staggers
Clegg Must Fire David Ward | Sun
David Ruffley’s Campaign Against Domestic Violence | Buzzfeed
LibDem Criticises Clegg Over Farage Debates | Express
Ruffley Must Go | Guardian
Political Correctness Breeds Extremism in Schools | Chris McGovern
Ruffley Faces Crisis Meeting | ITV
I Sang “Maggie Out” (When I Was 7) | Liz Truss
UKIP Have Learnt How to Street Fight | Dr Rob Ford


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New Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond has big ambitions in his first meeting with Benjamin Netanyahu today:

“I came to bring this conflict to an end.”



Flight Watch says:

Russia Today is a cauldron of bullsh*t. The only people that take it seriously are deluded conspiracy theorists. Other RT journos have resigned citing the same reasons.

It’s about as believable as Press TV, KCNA of North Korea or the Daily Mirror.


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