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Apart from hitting the campaign trail on the ground and through conventional media, politicians and parties have made an effort to be in sync with voters online for the Lok Sabha polls.After all, this is being touted as the first truly digital elections of India. Here is why.
Narendra Modi: March 26, when he began the first of his scheduled 185 ‘Bharat Vijay’ rallies
Arvind Kejriwal: February 14, when he resigned from the post of Delhi CM
Rahul Gandhi: January 28, following his interview to a news channel
Google is tracking the elections in a big way. "In the last five months, we have made a concerted effort to provide our users a one-stop destination for all their information needs for the Lok Sabha elections,” said Rajan Anandan, VP and managing director, Google India.
Read:What Google search trends reveal about this election season
Facebook too is in the act with an election tracker. Modi is now the second most 'liked' politician on Facebook after US President Barack Obama, according to Facebook data.
Number of Facebook likes; Number of Twitter followers
Arvind Kejriwal5M; 1.61M
Omar Abdullah2115; 478K
Shashi Tharoor175K; 2.14M
Beyond the search space, Twitter sees considerable action. The 140-character platform is seeing engaging debates, fights and counterattacks.
Twitter users have grown rapidly since the last general elections. "In the 2009 general elections, only a handful of candidates used Twitter, with parties mostly being absent from the platform. This election, on the contrary, is a Twitter Election,” said Raheel Khursheed, head of news, politics, govt, Twitter India.
“Everyone who needs to be on Twitter is on it. Those who aren't, are missing out at their own cost.”
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(Edited by Ipsit Mohapatra)