Facebook, YouTube, and the dangers of radio mics
Our latest report for the Daily Politics looks beyond Twitter - described by some as the virtual Westminster village of the campaign - and tries to assess the effect of Facebook and YouTube on the campaign.
After a quiet start, with few people visiting its Democracy UK page, Britain's biggest social network claims to have since achieved lift-off. That's partly thanks to Nick Clegg, who appears to be a big hit with the Facebook crowd. But there is also some light-hearted fun to be had on Facebook's election page, including a Ministry of Mates app where you get to form your own cabinet. I've tried it myself, and have been careful to appoint the most prudent and smartest economist I know as my chancellor.
Party videos are plentiful on YouTube; we've looked at some of the more creative material uploaded by people from outside the Westminster village. There's a view from inside the green room as the leaders prepare to debate, a rather cruel video using Pulp's track Common People, and the first mash-up we could find involving yesterday's "bigoted woman" disaster. Talking of which, our report ends with a salutary reminder of how dangerous technology can be for a politician - or for anyone who forgets that the mic may always be on.