The Internet is really gearing up for the 2010 UK election. Taking the hint from the 2008 US presidential election, the web is revolutionizing how political parties and individuals approach potential voters. I wouldn’t say that it’s just as successful, but it’s headed in the right direction. I’m also not saying that it’s all positive, good-natured fun – case and point: Stuart MacLennan’s foul-mouthed ranting on Twitter getting him sacked.
We are, of course, happy to see UK election t-shirt shops sprouting up from across the political landscape. Soapboxes and oversized posters are so last century. Political and satire-laden shirts get people talking and laughing about the issues and candidates.
The first signs of how emotional and contested this election will be came as a surprise success. What started off as an April Fools’ joke by the Guardian eventually started a tweet-festival led by politician John Prescot asking for the posh boy poster on shirts. We were happy to then team up with the Guardian to create the “Step Outside Posh Boy” t-shirt. And they were soon flying off our presses. Be sure to check out the other UK election t-shirts that our Shop Partners are offering.
Now for some more UK election Internet fun:
- The site mydavidcameron.com has a page filled with more fake political posters like “Vote Conservative. Or I’ll kill this kitten.” My favourite part of this poster stunt is the site where you can make your own David Cameron poster. We are all about stuff you can personalise – give it a try!
- MyLabourPosters are also in on the poster trend. Here you can also submit your own posters.
- And if you a little bored or need to let out some steam – then head on over to Slapometer and “vote with the back of your hand”.
Have you come across any other Internet or social media uses for the UK election?