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Getting up close and personal with the Premier of Bermuda

31 July, 2007
By Allison Orr

The Premier of Bermuda, Ewart Brown, has set up is own Facebook profile.  While this may not seem out of the ordinary with many politicians using this social networking site to connect to younger voters, what makes this different is that Brown himself is actually updating the site.

Brown launched his own site quietly a few months ago, and says he makes sure he logs in at least every other day to deal with it personally.  He replies to emails and uses the “wall” (similar to a bulletin board) where users can post comments that all users can see.  He also used Facebook to organise a town hall meeting which was attended by 80 people, where he took questions from the floor.

The premier has long said he would like young people to get more involved in politics, but his experiences on Facebook have taught him that many are not registered to vote.  He is now actively encouraging participation and pledging to have more Bermuda history taught in the schools.

See the full story: Nation\'s Leader Wants to Talk -- on Facebook

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