Journalism: Did Twitter won over Facebook in Thai election as effective campaign tool

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  • By Pooky, Thai Intel’s economics journalist

Please do not ask me to prove this with statistics, but it is just that leading up to this Thai election, there was a discussion on Twitter-that while Facebook in Thailand is dominated by pro-establishment Thais-Twitter is a different story-where most who twittered are pro-democracy.

Yet with that, one can not really make a connection between Twitter and the Thai election result, that sees the forces of democracy winning the Thai election.

But clearly, Facebook in Thailand is mostly pro-establishment and Twitter is mostly pro-democracy.

I am not a tech expert to know all the ins and out of it all-but I have both Facebook and Twitter account.

And if Thai Intel readers were to research Thai Intel, the Thai establishment have for a long time targeted Facebook for a horde of activities-like sending in to Facebook social net-work spies to infiltrate and disrupt the pro-democracy net-works.

Then the cyber scouts, for some reasons, have found Facebook to be a very good feeding ground to weed out anti-establishments elements. Then, as those, anti-democracy activities goes on Facebook, the pro-establishment Thais have established themselves as the dominant force on Facebook-like looking at pro-establishment people-hundreds of them-they get massive numbers of fans.

But with Twitter it is a different story.

Twitter is different, there is very little witch hunting going on here-and for some reason, the pro-establishment Thais do not use it very much. Maybe it is the nature of Twitter, that makes propaganda and close net-work forming difficult.

Perhaps it is the ease of re-twitting and responding, that have such a major impact. I don’t know this is correct or not, but from my experience, on Facebook, I am just another person in a long-line that does not really matter. On Twitter, I can go global-with just so much ease.

But on Twitter-again with so much ease, I can directly, get in contact with anyone and respond to their Twitter. They say something-I can respond to them-and take the conversation global-and also at least to my followers.

The result, at Twitter, I have seen some extremely pro-establishment people, just turn into mush, with all the replies and respond to their Twitter. On Facebook, I think that sort of direct head on interaction-is somewhat spaced out and buffered more.

Maybe that is the nature of democracy-people interacting and exchanging ideas-and going global. Perhaps I am wrong, but it seems that there is nowhere to hide on Twitter.

3 thoughts on “Journalism: Did Twitter won over Facebook in Thai election as effective campaign tool

  1. I think there’s a lot of truth about Twitter in this. The propagandist zealots somehow seem to love the long form of Facebook and other comment venues. And, yes, they do seem unable to deal with the quick thinking prompted by the Twitter near-instant dialogue set-up. Seems they need time to compose or copy/paste a diatribe – and like to attract like-minded “followers” (maybe better described as disciples/fellow disciples?).

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