#debill actually made it to a trending topic on twitter today. This reflects the huge amount of interest around the country on the subject of the Digital Economy Bill.
I watched it both on iPlayer and via Tweetdeck where I could see real time comments on what was being debated. MPs inside the chamber were also following twitter – you could see them referring to their mobile phones whilst others were speaking.
I’ve actually changed my view on twitter since getting involved in #debill. It is a hugely powerful medium and one that can spread messages globally very quickly. For example one of my blog posts was retweeted by Jeff Pulver who has somewhere in the region of 355 thousand followers. If you have a message to get across and push the right buttons twitter is huge.
Interestingly because #debill was a trending topic on twitter, ie one of the top topics being followed by people it also attracted its fair share of spam – people jumping on the bandwagon – notably today by people trying to flog iPad.
We are all still finding our way in this connected world.
PS there can’t have been more than 20 MPs in the house debating such an important subject – democracy in action. It is getting harder and harder to decide which way to vote.