Party conference season is in week three and this year, more than ever, Twitter has been at the heart of the action. From the rolling commentary of political journalists to Ed Miliband (@EdMiliband) fielding tweeters’ questions (“What is Zumba, and why is it so popular? #AskEdM”), Twitter is where it is at.
Tweeting MPs are all the rage too, but the most high-profile name is you, Louise Mensch (@LouiseMensch). Ticking all the boxes of a Twitterati big hitter (spats with Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan), involvement in News International #hackgate scandal) people will expect you to bring the same political insight to the Conservative conference as you did to the Labour one, last week ("Ed Balls on debt reminds me of the pantomime horse in Rentaghost. 'Oh my, what a strange-looking horse. I wonder who it belongs to?'").
So as you take centre stage in Manchester, here are a few tips.
Twitter is a heady drug and it is all too easy to get addicted, clucking desperately if you don’t get the hit of churning out tweet after tweet after tweet. But while it is admirable to reach out to the voters and answer their questions, you are in danger of becoming an over tweeter, clogging up your followers’ timelines with 140-character posts. Less is more, dude.
Don’t upset the nerds
Despite the best intentions, when you recommended turning social media outlets off during this summer’s riots (“Common sense. If riot info and fear is spreading by Facebook & Twitter, shut them off for an hour or two …”) you broke the golden rule of Twitter: don’t anger The Nerds. Forget celebrities, they are the lifeblood of the twittersphere – there are thousands of them offering helpful tips on how to fix a MacBook or tune in your TV. Good luck getting advice on buying a new printer now, babe. You’re off their Christmas list.
Sex it up a bit
An MP always has admin, but less of these dry tweets “Off to Weldon for an @MacMillanCoffee morning – @MrsBuhweet is having one too! #CorbyPride #WeLoveEastNorthants so join in!” and more tales of your “highly probably” drug-taking nights out with violinist Nigel Kennedy or similar high jinx. You’ve got some stories to tell, Louise. Share them.
Lots of love