South of the Fraser

Surrey, Delta, White Rock and Langleys

Twitter for politicians: a few lessons from the recent municipal election

Another municipal election has come and gone.

This year, 2011, was the first year that social media tools had enough oomph to be considered as part of the media strategy for politicians and groups seeking to influence. How did that go?

Not so effective, based on monitoring Twitter feeds and conversations for the Surrey election.


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Maybe Surrey isn't growing that fast after all

Rise of the condos: even with rapid growth Surrey won't have more residents than Vancouver very soon

This is so disappointing.

I'm sure we've all heard that not only is Surrey bigger than Vancouver, but as Canada's fastest-growing city it will soon have more people too.

Where did that come from?

Gordon Price, on his blog pricetags has poked through the data from B.C. stats (nifty tool, check it out), and using their projections comes up with a different story. Surrey is growing faster than Vancouver, but Vancouver is still growing too. According to B.C. stats in 2011 Vancouver has 664,825 residents. Surrey will surpass that number in 2028 (17 years), but by then Vancouver will have 781,743 residents. By 2036 Vancouver will still have more people, though not by as much as now.

Of course, perhaps B.C. stats has it wrong...

Here's a chart of the data from 1986 (presumably actual numbers) to 2036 (projection):

Click on the line to see the year and number

It's fireworks, not gunfire: Halloween in Surrey

After several murders and stabbings since summer it's not unexpected: people are going to make a connection between fireworks and other loud noises.

What sorts of jokes were being bandied about this past halloween and diwali?

@alissasadler I'm in Surrey...cant distinguish between fireworks and gun shots any more :s convinced myself its all part of the festivities



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Surrey library opening - civic pride and excitement

Surrey Central library grand opening Sept. 24The new Surrey Centre Library had its grand opening September 24. Part of the rebranding of central Whalley as the City's core, it's next to the North Surrey Rec Centre, the Surrey Central Skytrain and a block from SFU's Surrey Campus. The new city hall will be built right next to it.

It's generated quite a bit of buzz. The architecture, the concept of a library in a digital era, the revitalized core – all this makes for an ongoing rash of media coverage, both traditional and blogger-types, plus the micro-blogging stuff. It also helps the library is photogenic, follows green building practices and has a famous architect. It has nice exterior angles and a smooth neo-modernist interior.

So what was being said?


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Info on South of the Fraser River: Surrey, Delta, White Rock, City of Langley, Township of Langley, Fort Langley. Maybe a bit of Abbotsford, just for fun.

This site is experimental. See About (top right) for more, or Blog for meta-information. The working goal is to create an almanac of items, tidbits of information and methods of gathering information.

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