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Singapore’s General Election heats up on Twitter

Millions of Singaporeans will be going to the polling station on 11 September. As usual, the best way to get breaking news about the Singapore General Election is through Twitter with the hashtag #GE2015.

Since the Electoral Boundaries Review Committee report was released on 24 July and up to 31 August, there has been a 300% increase in elections-related conversation on Twitter (compared to the previous 39-day period from 14 June to 23 July). Over the past week alone (from 24-31 August), there have been over 52,000 elections-related conversations on Twitter with a spike in Tweets on 25 August when Parliament was dissolved and the writ of election issued. Check out the Twitter Reverb.

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Hmmmm…. that avatar in the middle looks familiar. Where have I seen it before? Hmmm.

Workers’ Party tops the list for the most mentioned political party on Twitter. WP is 1.4 times more widely discussed than PAP.

Most Mentioned Political Parties
1. Workers’ Party (@wpsg)
2. People’s Action Party (@PAPSingapore)
3. The Reform Party (@thereformparty)
4. Singapore Democratic Party (@yourSDP)
5. National Solidarity Party (@nsp_sg)
6. Singaporeans First Party (@SFPSingapore)
7. Democratic Progressive Party (@dpp_sg)
8. Singapore Democratic Alliance
9. Singapore People’s Party (@sgpeoplesparty)
10. People’s Power Party (@PeoplesPowerSG)

It is no surprise that Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong is the most mentioned politician since he has been active on social media. PM Lee has 8 times more mention than WP’s leader Mr Low Thia Khiang. Newcomer He Ting Ru from the Workers’ Party has more mentions than veterans Ken Jeyaretnam, Chee Soon Juan and Sylvia Lim, reflecting her appeal to younger voters. It is also worth noting that some of the politicians on the most mentioned list do not have a Twitter account. But that doesn’t stop people from mentioning them on Twitter.

Most Mentioned Politicians
1. Lee Hsien Loong (@leehsienloong)
2. Lee Kuan Yew
3. Chiam See Tong
4. Low Thia Khiang
5. He Ting Ru (@hetingru)
6. Ken Jeyaretnam (@KenJeyaretnam)
7. Chee Soon Juan (@CheeSoonJuan)
8. Sylvia Lim (@sylvialimwp)
9. Lina Chiam (@linachiam)
10. Tan Jee Say (@JeeSayTan)

And the most shared election-related Tweet from 24-31 August came from PM Lee.

The Election just started. The best way to stay in touch with the latest news is on Twitter using the hashtag #GE2015.

PS: I personally prefer #SGElections. There are several countries also using #GE2015 for their elections. But unfortunately all the Government agencies and News outlets are using #GE2015.

Twitter removes 140 character limit on Direct Messages

Twitter is famous for its 140 character limit. It is this limit that makes users keep their Tweets short and simple. That’s the beauty of Twitter.

While 140 char limit is great for Tweets, it is too short for Direct Messages. And perhaps that’s the reason why not many people use the DM feature of Twitter. That’s why I’m glad that Twitter is now removing the 140 characters limit on Direct Messages.

You can now send DM up to 10,000 characters. Hopefully with this new limit and the addition of Group DM recently will increase the number of people using the DM feature.

Twitter has began rolling out the changes to Direct Messages across both Android and iOS apps, on twitter.com, TweetDeck, and Twitter for Mac, and will continue to roll out worldwide over the coming weeks. So don’t panic if you still can’t send DM more than 140 char. They are coming soon.

National Day Parade 2015 sets new Twitter record for one-day event in Singapore

A new Twitter record for a one day event in Singapore was set yesterday as Singapore celebrate its 50th Birthday. Over 230,000 Tweets about #NDP2015 and all things related to the National Day Parade with a peak of 570 Tweets per minutes at around 8:30pm.

The Tweets about National Day Parade includes nostalgic and humorous views of Singapore’s development over the past 50 years, amazing and funny highlights of NDP 2015, and well-wishes from Singaporean leaders and influencers.

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Previous Twitter record for one-day event in Singapore was over 100,000 Tweets for the One Direction concert on 11 March 2015.

Facebook SG50 Stickers – Maju the Lion

Facebook just released a special Sticker set to celebrate Singapore’s 50th Birthday.

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Named “Maju the Lion” these stickers are now available download in the Sticker Store. There are 16 different stickers featuring Maju the Lion expressing different local slang words such as Steady La, Shiok and Bo Jio.

Twitter launch Emojis for #Singapore and #SG50

Tweeters in Singapore were treated to a surprise when they tweeted the hashtag #Singapore or #SG50. A special Twitter emojis will appear after those hashtag in the sent Tweet.

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The 2 emojis are the first ever for Singapore and was launched to commemorate the nation’s Golden Jubilee.

Singapore’s Blogfather @mrbrown officially launched the emojis with his Tweet and a fun meme celebrating the uniquely Singaporean way of life. #5wordSingaporeStories became the #1 Twitter Trend in Singapore within an hour.

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