Government Looks to Facebook Users for Ideas on Spending Cuts
Released on: July 12, 2010, 01:41 pm
Industry: Internet & Online
With 23 million members in the UK alone, the social media site
could provide Ministers with a wide ranging source of suggestions from
the public with regards to the proposed spending cuts. The growing
presence of the political world on social networking is a logical step
forward according to SEO experts QueryClick.com.
The 'Spending Challenge' profile set up by the government has already received
some 50,000 responses to their invitation for spending cut ideas. On the page,
users are able to discuss spending priorities, offer their views and vote on their
It is proposed that the most worthy solutions will be further analysed by Treasury
officials, in addition to the Chancellor George Osborne set to meet some of the
contributors to the page to discuss their opinions.
This move signifies a turnaround in the view held of social networking sites by
Prime Minister David Cameron. Prior to his election into Downing Street, the PM was
deemed to be dismissive of this form of communication. Now however, the government
is to make Facebook its primary means of public communication on issues of the
Earlier this week, Prime Minister Cameron spoke with Facebook Founder Mark
Zuckerberg to discuss a possible partnership with the site. On a recent visit to
London, Zuckerberg was impressed by the level of public oriented online sites
created in Britain after attending the London Facebook developer event. One
particular project which appealed to Mr Zuckerberg, and one which he discussed with
the PM, was the 'Together We Can' initiative. It offers communities in the UK a
chance to influence the development of their local area.
The idea of integrating politics into the world of social networking, and
subsequently creating a series of dialogues between ministers and voters, is a
logical and inevitable step forward according to SEO consultants QueryClick.com. The increasing usage of
social media, and Facebook in particular, cannot afford to be ignored by governments
seeking to better understand and converse with a greater majority of the population.
Social media experts QueryClick.com believe that this process
will vastly increase traffic levels on Facebook, and will even tempt first time
users to the site. With such an influx of users, the SEO benefits will be strongly
felt in terms of the traffic increase, frequently updated information, and the huge
potential for information sharing across sites.
The opportunity now arises for millions to voice their opinions directly to
Westminster with a far greater level of efficiency when compared with traditional
methods of consulting local MPs. A dedicated team of individuals have been placed
at the centre of national government to deal with the public's suggestions.
The deadline for submissions is the 20th October this year.
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