Archive for February 13th, 2009

February 13th, 2009

11,5% of MEPs (European Parliament) are bloggers

by Laurent François

Public Affairs 2.0 published an impressive study that demonstrates that more that one member of European Parliament on ten is a blogger..

I copy-paste you the whole article:

“Anyway we have looked at every MEP to see how they are doing on websites, blogs, facebook wikipedia and so forth. This post will look at the intrepid MEP bloggers. And here they are the key stats:

  • 82 89 MEPs have blogs, which equates to just over 10% 11% of all MEPs. A full list with hyperlinks is at the bottom of this post.
  • France and UK currently have the most MEP bloggers (11), with Spain a close second (10). Germany and new kids on the block Romania follow with 7 bloggers each. Surprisingly Italy, a supposedly blogging friendly country, has only 2 MEP bloggers and is easily outstripped by Poland who has 6.
  • In terms of groups the socialists are the clear winners with 34 36 MEP bloggers and are some way ahead of the EPP who have just 19 20. Meanwhile the Greens, 10 MEP bloggers, are just behind ALDE who have 11 MEP bloggers.

Anyway, for the record, these are the MEP bloggers we’ve found (and been told about!) with hyperlinks to their blogs – if you think we missed any, do let us know:

It proves that social media are fast becoming true and tangible generators of influence. And that blogging as a direct conversation with the local citizens is a good format.

Thanks Gautier Demouveaux for this breaking news.

February 13th, 2009

Information cycle: from rough data (Twitter) to processed information (press) ?

by Laurent François

This visual was drawn by Denis thanks to Olivier :


  • it demonstrates the information bath from a rough data (twitter-ed) to a processed information (press)
  • it insists on the different qualities of an information depending on the medium
  • it proves the information propagation among diverse publics: from rumor/gossip to the consecration (information as a big issue in a press article)


  • this approach only considers information sent from twitter. So to say, from a very tiny pool of information-makers
  • it does not integrate special relationships that a twitter-user can have with other information makers (journalists, PR people, etc.). So no loop is integrated.
  • some breaking news are now twittered by press magazines or journalists themselves! it inverts this pattern