So, the election is upon us. Hustings, hustings everywhere. The boy stood on the burning deck when all about was hustings. Etc.
Because I’m dashboard-kerrayzee, I thought it might be a nice idea to put together a few dashboards to cover all this. It’s also a good exercise in developing new methods that don’t depend on Yahoo Pipes any more, because nowadays Yahoo Pipes is, not to put too fine a point on it, shit.
Let us not fool ourselves. Politics is about personalities. So if you want to see what people are saying about the key figures, take a look at http://www.netvibes.com/brendancooper#UK_Election%3A_Key_figures.
And if you want to read the ‘official’ news, go to http://www.netvibes.com/brendancooper#UK_Election%3A_News_coverage
Everything should stand up although we’re depending on a lot of things working here, such as: Google Blog Search, Flickr, YouTube, Twitter and, of course, Netvibes itself. But aggregated together they could not be less reliable than Yahoo Pipes which is, not to put too fine a point on it, shit. Didn’t I just say that?
If you’re in any way interested, and are actually reading this blog (you mean to say, you still read blogs? You weirdo) then look out for more coming down the pipe (not the Yahoo variety because – I’ll leave it at that).
In a whimsical folly, harking back to the days when politics was about policies, I thought it might be interesting to get an idea of message penetration (ooer missus) so I’ll be looking at ways to show that in another tab.
I’ve also noticed that there are some good, solid political bloggers out there who occupy an interesting space between the dross of YouTube and quality of the dailies.
And I just might aggregate the combined output of the parties themselves, so you can see the difference between what they’re saying, and what other people are saying they’re saying.
So that’ll be three lovely new tabs coming up. Five in total. Count the tabs.