Politics and social networking
New Zealanders consider the internet to be a more important source of information than television, newspaper or radio and frequently use the internet to find information and opinions that influence their attitudes and to post their own view (The World Internet Project). Social networking sites are now a valid method of sharing information. Twitter is one of a number of social networking sites.
New Zealand politicians and social media
Most of the major party leaders have a large number of followers, however only a small proportion of followers are actively participate – the figure of approximately 10% is given (New Zealand Parliamentarians and Online social Media parliamentary Library Research paper 2011/01) http://www.worldcat.org/title/new-zealand-parliamentarians-and-online-social-media/oclc/705906043. This paper also quotes the Rt Hon John Key as saying “While I can’t promise to read and reply to every comment that you make, your posts (on a range of websites including Facebook and YouTube) will be read by my staff and will contribute to our thinking”.