It’s Official: President Jonathan Wins 500k Fans on Facebook
Since the President posted his first update, he has shown that he can relate with the Nigerian people “without the trappings of office”.
“When I created this profile on June 28th, 2010, I had the intention of bypassing the protocol that surrounds me and communicating directly with the Nigerian people”, said President Jonathan on Monday. “And I have dutifully done this consistently and this has been probably one of the most rewarding experiences in my life as a public servant because I am now able to know what the Nigerian people think on any given issue.”
The President claims that over the past months, he has taken his Facebook ‘friends’ comments into account in decisions he has taken concerning national football, security, economic policy and foreign affairs.
In his Facebook note published today titled: “Half A Million Reasons To Listen To You”, Jonathan said:
“Today, over half a million Nigerians are friends of mine on this profile. Nothing could bring me more joy particularly as my friends cut across every nook and cranny of this great country and every strata of society. From all of you on this page I draw inspiration and get ideas that help me govern better and love Nigeria more.”
The President is talking…but who is listening?
No doubt, most of the President’s Facebook updates attract a minimum of 3,000 comments and 1,000 likes.
But that’s just about 0.008% of his total Facebook fans that are listening.
Granted, 500,000 fans is a huge number, but only about 4000 of these respond to his updates. Worse yet, most of the comments have been negative and critical, questioning the Presidents’ intentions and integrity.
There are also indications that over 60% of his total Facebook fans are youths (within the ages of 18 – 35), although these are speculations.
If this is correct, that means that over 300,000 youths like President Jonathan on Facebook.
But do they really like him as their future President, or they simply follow him as a Facebook personality?
The answer lies within the mixed reactions his Facebook updates and notes (See the note titled: The Core of Who I Am) have stirred in recent times.
But whether or not they listen, President Jonathan seems determined to keep listening to the comments and questions of his ‘friends’, as he describes his Facebook fans.
He has already made history by becoming the first Presidential candidate in the world to declare his intention to contest using a new media channel such as Facebook.
Little wonder, Jonathan recently won the Sowambe Awards for Best Use of Facebook (Personal Brand).
Jonathan has also become the second most popular President in the world on Facebook, just after U.S President Barack Obama.
If he wins the April 2011 Presidential elections, will Jonathan open the activities at the Aso Rock to the online public via new media channels like Facebook, Flickr, Twitter and Youtube, just like President Obama has done with the White House?
Will he meet with Nigeria’s technology business founders to discuss ways of driving the technology ecosystem development in Nigeria?
Will he really transform Nigeria?
Related Posts via Categories
- Google Plus Vs Facebook Growth in Nigeria
- Zuckerberg to Startups: You don’t have to move to Silicon Valley
- Omotola vs Jonathan: The Race For 1 Million Facebook Fans
- The World’s First Social Media ‘Royal Wedding’
- President Jonathan May Be ‘Liked’ On Facebook, But May Be ‘Unliked’ On Votebook
- #WhatAboutUs? – Nigeria’s First Ever Youth-Focused Presidential Debate To Stream Live on YouTube
- [STATS] Accra Has More Facebook Users Than Lagos?
- Nollywood Superstar, Omotola Becomes Nigeria’s Queen of Facebook
- Adloopz Lets You Loop Adverts On Social Networks
- The Rise and Rise of Nigeria’s Facebook Population
- Facebook now has 100 million active users in India
- Rocket Internet’s hotel booking site Jovago launches in Pakistan
- Indonesian government toys with imposing 20% import taxes on foreign-made smartphones
- Samsung makes the Galaxy S5 and its new Gear devices commercially available globally
- Dimension Data opens office in Ghana
- The internet of things is great for chipmakers and a challenge for Intel
- Spotify gives up on P2P technology for music streaming
- Jasper Wireless lands $50M to connect the internet of things to mobile networks
- They may be filled with trolls, but comments still have value — and they could have even more
- Qualcomm invests in 4G-bandwidth sharing, getting in on M87’s $3M Series A
- How to apply Youtility to your brand: lessons from the world’s most innovative bank
- 10 tech trends every smart government should know about
- The new age of storytelling: 6 games with killer writing
- Tired of #OscarTrial? Here are 3 ways to mute it from your social media feeds
- Bonjour Africa: how language can make for a more popular ERP solution
- How Arduino And Raspberry Pi Can Enhance Your Connected Home
- The Rear-View Camera Is No Longer Just An Option For Cars—It's The Law
- How Microsoft's Cortana Stacks Up Against Siri And Google Now
- Atlassian's Geeky Software Carves Out A Big Home With Developers
- With Gnip, Twitter Is Ready To Sell Your Tweets
- Fired Yahoo COO Henrique De Castro’s Severance Totaled $58M
- Photojojo Gets Into Rentals For Drones And Other Crazy Camera Gear
- Pinterest’s “Choose Your Own Adventure” Could Be A Travel Product
- Yahoo Nominates One Of Its Co-Founders, A Stock Guru, And A Former Walmart CEO To Its Board
- Ad Company Tremor Video Now Offers Automated Campaign Optimization Across Screens
- Sony passes 7 million PlayStation 4 units sold globally
- Bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox loses bid to reorganize as Japanese court investigates CEO liability
- Digital disruption is changing business, but technology isn’t the only answer
- Developers excited to build Project Ara’s smartphone modules
- WordPress 3.9 arrives with better media editing, gallery previews, audio and video playlists, and more
- After taking the iPad by storm, Microsoft Office fizzles on Chromebooks
- WeChat ramps up m-commerce offerings with a flight booking service
- More ‘made in China’ coming up: Maker Faire touches down in Shenzhen
- Check out these amazing Tesla Model S hot-rod sketches
- Serious question: Who should pay for Heartbleed?
Tagsafrica android apple barack obama barcamp nigeria business careers encipher encipher tablet etisalat nigeria facebook globacom goodluck jonathan google inye ipad Jobberman job search kenya lagos loy okezie microsoft mobile apps Mobile Web mtn nigeria nigeria nokia saheed adepoju silicon valley Social Media social network software developers south africa starcomms startup startups startups nigeria techcrunch technology telecoms ticker Twitter yahoo yarnable youtube