This has been Northern Ireland's first real twitter election and generally I've been sceptical about how much of a difference that makes, other than having politicians tell us they've just completed an excellent canvass. But there are exceptions that prove the rule. The Ulster Unionist Health Minister Michael McGimpsey and Sinn Fein's Martina Anderson have just demonstrated that you don't have to be staring at each other across the Assembly chamber to have a good ding dong.
Mr McGimpsey tweeted that he'd received a warm response strolling around Sandy Row in South Belfast. Ms Anderson responded "You want to try walking about Foyle - then you would get the true measure of views held of you": a clear reference to his decision not to press ahead with the Altnagelvin radiotherapy centre.
The Health Minister hit back "was it not Sinn Fein/DUP/Alliance who voted FOR health cuts? I remain committed to Altnagelvin & work will continue when money becomes available." But Ms Anderson replied scornfully "Remain Committed! Catch yourself on. It will be the incoming Executive that will deliver the Cancer Unit not you, Michael Tory"
Mr McGimpsey enquired whether that meant "Sinn Fein will be taking health in the next Executive to deliver it? Im glad to hear it." Back came the reply "you can rest assure that whether we take it or not we will be making sure it's delivered:Executive doesn't need your permission".
All good knock about stuff, as recognised by Stephen Nolan who promptly invited both of them onto the airwaves to which only Ms Anderson responded with "Ready Willing & Able When?"
Martina versus Michael. As Harry Hill might say there's only one way to sort this out....fight!
On a more peaceable note, the SDLP's Claire Hanna and Sinn Fein's Conor Maskey have been swapping tales of terrible canvassing experience, egged on by blogger AlaninBelfast. Ms Hanna recounts being told to get lost in no uncertain terms by a householder and beating a hasty retreat - she then made her way down the next drive and knocked the next door, only to discover it was a seperate entrance to the same irate voter's home.
But Conor Maskey beat that with his moving account of winning over a more supportive constituent. As he walked away, chalking the house up as a likely vote, some local kids kicked a ball in his direction. He blasted it back, smacking the son of the friendly voter full in the face.