The last 3 weeks of UKIP success has gotten the Party allot of publicity and support. Most notably on Facebook with a thriving community of UKIPers who drop in from time to time to talk in the many Groups that have been set up in the honour of the party.
The other parties have some as well and I am sure much the same types of discussions goes in them as does so in the UKIP group.
All the political Parties, Conservatives, Labour, Lib Dems, UKIP and the Green's also have their own official Facebook page as well.
Fully endorsed and controlled by the parties with details, party mission statements, policies, activities and even on some stories of the week. A online mini-manifesto and live discussion wall for lack of a better way of putting it.
When you have an account on Facebook you can "like" such pages to both signal your support for the page/object of that page and get updates from that page on your timeline.
As can be seen from the following 'Screen Pictures' of the UK Independence Party (UKIP) Facebook page...
(U1) Voting Demographic and Group Age:
Social media profiles have become hot property in this technological age and a war of 'Likes' flared up in recent weeks between UKIP and the Conservative Party. (May-June 2014)
UKIP 'Likes' flew past the Liberal Democrats some months back during the 2014 Council Elections and then went past the Conservatives on 'Likes' during the 2014 European Elections.
At the time the Conservatives had a "Like Count" of 193,200, UKIP had passed that number (currently on 201,488).
Looking at this massive rise in such a short period of time I remembered a program I had watched recently that featured a Company paying an Indian firm that had a large room full of computers with staff working day in day out logging in and out of fake Facebook accounts boosting the Profiles of Companies.
Evidence of this disproportionate jump in likes can be found at directly if you have Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/
(C1) I first recognised this problem at 17:05 on 04/06/2014 and took a screen-picture of it:
I shall end this blog on the following note, as I believe I don't need to paint a picture here for you to understand what has been done in this instance.
The Conservative Parties average "like per day" over the last 6 years prior to this explosion in numbers was 87 likes per day. Ie: The number of followers divided by the number of days in a year multiplied by 6 years.