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National student politics in the Web 2.0 era

CASA delegates debate on Twitter, national audience joins in

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When I started blogging in 2005, there were only a handful of people involved in campus politics who communicated publicly on the Internet.

Today, this is not the case. This weekend marks a real milestone in student politics; the first real-time open group conversation debate related to a national student lobbying organization meeting.

(Note: People have “tweeted” at previous meetings, this is the first time a real-time large scale discussion has occurred live on Twitter.)

The Canadian Alliance of Student Associations is meeting in Calgary this week. Many of the student politicians are using Twitter to communicate their thoughts. One of the them, Blake Fredrick of the University of British Columbia Alma Mater Society is not a fan of CASA and is making it known on his Twitter feed: www.twitter.com/Blake_Frederick

Frederick has started a discussion with his comments, a discussion which is best followed using the twitter search engine here: http://search.twitter.com/search?q=Blake_Frederick

You can follow all tweets related to the CASA meeting here: http://search.twitter.com/search?q=#casacon