The use of social media in the Finnish Parliament Elections 2011

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Abstract

The report briefly outlines the role of online social media in the Finnish Parliament Elections of 17 April 2011. The main objective is to produce basic knowledge about the use of social media by the elected Members of Parliament (MPs) for a four week period: three weeks before and one week after the elections. To achieve this goal, the study examined the online social media profiles of MPs, focusing on their use of Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, blog platforms and Flickr. Overall, despite expectations of a significant effect that social media might have had in the elections, the majority of the current MPs have not displayed any extensive use of the social media as a tool to communicate with constituents. However, all parties, now recognized as leading in the Finnish Parliament, have registered their accounts in and actively use almost all social media considered in the study.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationHelsinki
PublisherUniversity of Helsinki, Communication Research Centre
Number of pages32
ISBN (Electronic)ISBN 978-952-10-8251-1
Publication statusPublished - 2012
MoE publication typeD5 Text book, professional manual or guide or a dictionary

Publication series

NameMedia and Communication Studies Research Reports
PublisherCommunication Research Centre CRC, Department of Social Research, University of Helsinki
No.3
ISSN (Print)1799-7933
ISSN (Electronic)1799-7941

Fields of Science

  • 518 Media and communications

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Khaldarova, I., Laaksonen, S-M., & Matikainen, J. (2012). The use of social media in the Finnish Parliament Elections 2011. (Media and Communication Studies Research Reports; No. 3). Helsinki: University of Helsinki, Communication Research Centre.
Khaldarova, Irina ; Laaksonen, Salla-Maaria ; Matikainen, Janne. / The use of social media in the Finnish Parliament Elections 2011. Helsinki : University of Helsinki, Communication Research Centre, 2012. 32 p. (Media and Communication Studies Research Reports; 3).
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Helsinki : University of Helsinki, Communication Research Centre, 2012. 32 p. (Media and Communication Studies Research Reports; No. 3).

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