How to tell voters you don’t have your act together

Unspun supposes we all have to blame Oprah Winfrey. When she started Twittering, then it must be good for the masses and everyone should somehow Tweet as well.

Perhaps it is for this reason, but maybe also because some young entrepreneurs saw a chance to milk the Indonesian Presidential candidates for some easy money, the candidates had taken to Twittering.

Over the weekend many Indonesian Twitterers were surprised to receive a “follow” from Megawati and Prabowo. Many readers reacted with surprise that the Dynamic Duo was following them. Some were flattered, others were vehement in shooing them away. The rest felt in between where sentiments were concerned.Megapro twits

Unspun, even though he can’t vote, received a follow too and, ever polite person that he is, returned the courtesy. Then his innate curiousity drove him to the Twitter home page of Megapro. There he encountered a strange message:

Megapro

Ever obedient Unspun went to Megabowo and saw:

megabowoWanting to know more, Unspun then clicked on the link to the Web page of the account holder and goess what he found?

Prabowo’s Facebook page.

So what does this all say about the communications efforts of the Megapro/bowo team?

1. That they don’t have their act together

2. That Prabowo or his team is behind the New Media efforts and mega is still probably struggling with how to send a SMS. Notice that the photo in both the Twitter accounts are of Prabowo’s face, not Mega and Prabowo’s, not much of an assurance of unity here. Someone also said that initially Prabowo’s backdrop was of the PDIP red-white color but today its been changed to Gerindra red.

3. That Prabowo seems to be in the driver’s seat so if by a long shot the duo are elected into office, we’ll know who wears the pants in that relationship. Hint: its below XXXL.

4. That Prabowo’s team was hasty and impulsive. Otherwise why go with Megapro and then change it to Megabowo in a matter of hours. If they can’t think through the name thay want to use as a handle for their partnership, what other things can’t they think through?

Seriously though, why would anyone vote for this team, given that they can’t even get their act together even on Twitter, let alone the more important affairs of state?

Losing Face

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Beware of horny women

Update: PDI-P has reported the Say No to mega Facebook Page to the police. Check out the link here. All this is going to drive a lot of traffic to the Facebook page…. Forgive them Father Sukarno…they know what they do. ROFL

Now let’s see how the new media strategists of our revered political leaders deal with dissent and protest on the Net.

Will they be part of the Conversation or will they remain clueless of the Web’s potential to help or harm, probably not for this round of elections but almost certainly for the next.

Megawati, Prabowo suffer setbacks at Facebook

The Jakarta Post , Jakarta | Mon, 04/06/2009 10:09 AM | Election 2009

As the campaigning period enters a cooling off, presidential hopefuls Megawati Soekarnoputri and Prabowo Subianto suffer from a black campaign through the internet, via social networking site facebook.com.

Tempointeraktif.com reported that one account at Facebook titled “Say ‘No!!!’ to Megawati” has attracted 64,188 supporters as of Monday morning.

“Just want to express my aspiration that she is the former president that I don’t want to lead this beloved Indonesia once more,” said the creator of the account. “Forgive me if there are people who feel offended. Peace.”

Similar account is also created to stop Prabowo, titled “Say No To Prabowo.” Nevertheless, it has only 751 supporters.

On the other hand, one Facebook account supports incumbent Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, titled “Say Yes to SBY”, with 5,185 supporters.

“I don’t say that SBY is the most perfect, but among the existing presidential candidates, and also considering SBY’s performance thus far, SBY is the most acceptable,” said the creator of the account.

via Megawati, Prabowo suffer setbacks at Facebook | The Jakarta Post.