Announcing Google Power Readers Canada

I pleased to announce today, the launch of a new way of connecting with Canada’s political party leaders and the journalists that are covering the election campaign.

I’ve been working with Google over the past couple of months on an innovative project that provides a peek into the reading material of those seeking the Prime Minister’s Office the articles that they’d like to share with you, the voter.

Late last night, our site went live and gained some very valuable real estate on the homepage of Google Canada at google.ca.

Google Power Readers Canada is the product of our work. I was able to gather Stephen Harper, Stephane Dion, Jack Layton and Elizabeth May together to share articles that interest them and of course, articles they figure will interest (or should I say) entice you to vote for their candidates.

Also featured within the project are some of Canada’s top reporters that are covering the day-to-day action of the campaign. Perhaps, this will allow the “reporter’s notebook” to evolve in the way that reporters gather information and provide raw material for their readers to give them insight on the information gathering process.

You can check in what Jack Layton is reading and sharing with Google Reader, you can get a glimpse into Stephen Harper and Elizabeth May’s interests or find out what sites Peter Mansbridge frequents as he goes through his day. For example, we know that the Prime Minister is an avid hockey fan. From his shared items page we can see that the Mr. Harper is watching how the Leafs new and young talent may shape their upcoming season. The Prime Minister shares an article the Toronto Star about the Leaf’s training camp. Stephane Dion maintains his message and shows us more of his personality by linking to a Fishing Magazine in his profile. Elizabeth May has shared a Nova Scotia article from the Chronicle Herald on her platform release.

Check out Google Power Readers Canada and let me know what you think. Sign up for Google Reader yourself and share some articles with other Canadians and participate in the social media conversation for this 2008 general election. If you’re also posting your ideas, maybe Jack Layton or Stephen Harper or Kady O’Malley will share your blog post or article. I should thank the party leader’s and the journalists for taking a chance on my pitch for this project. I’m looking forward to seeing what they have to offer to Google users. This election is showing the full integration of new media within political campaigns. Google is reflecting this with Google Power Readers.

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22 thoughts on “Announcing Google Power Readers Canada”

  1. Sweet! I am really liking that Stephen. My only question is, how the heck did you pull something like that off? Was this project sponsored by someone, or are you doing all this on your own?

    Well done.

    What is the process by which these are flagged for sharing? Elizabeth May is surfing the net, finds an article on something she likes, and clicks a button? I'd love it if this was simple and fast enough that it didn't just fade out after the election.

  2. stephen
    Maybe i am slow but can you explain how the articles the leaders are reading gets relayed to this site?
    Is it up to someone in the leaders office to forward the articles looked at or read.
    Is the process “automated” to forward the articles view by the leaders and reporters.

    Or is it up to the “individual” to report what they are reading.
    again sorry if i missed this point in your article.
    thanks and keep up the great work

  3. So Mr. Harper is the only one who actually seems to have a life, or did the rest of them just not understand this was supposed to be more than a press release aggregator ?

  4. We are very lucky to have you as part of our movement. Keep up the great work online. Your efforts are a huge part of our success and have given the Tories a key technical advantage in Canada!

  5. We are very lucky to have you as part of our movement. Keep up the great work online. Your efforts are a huge part of our success and have given the Tories a key technical advantage in Canada!

  6. Stephen, you never cease to amaze. This initiative is very impressive. It's interesting to see what our politicians are up to, what floats their boat. No wonder you arte so well read. Jason cherniak must be turning green with envy, he-he! Or maybe red with rage. Or maybe blue due to a lack of oxygen the Prime Minister sucks from the room as soon as he enters. Stephen Harper has them all running scared, even Duceppe has reached an all time low. Click this link below if you want your stomach turned.

    http://network.nationalpost.com/np/blogs/posted

  7. I don't usually subscribe to things, I forget my password, etc. and am not sure what subscribing actually means–that is, what are the advantages to subscribing?

    Can I just add this site to my favourites and visit it every once in awhile?

    Good work, Stephen! Well done, as usual.

  8. This is so cool!
    How did you manage to pull this off! You have outdone yourself Stephen you really have. I just bookmarked this. If it catches on this could be bigger (and safer) than facebook.

  9. This is so cool!
    How did you manage to pull this off! You have outdone yourself Stephen you really have. I just bookmarked this. If it catches on this could be bigger (and safer) than facebook.

  10. Well Done Stephen… as I follow the campaign from somewhere in the Middle East – I am continually impressed with your thoughts and insight into the campaign, not to mention this innovative way of keeping Canadians abreast of the issues, at home or abroad.

    Yours truly,
    Jeffrey

  11. Well Done Stephen… as I follow the campaign from somewhere in the Middle East – I am continually impressed with your thoughts and insight into the campaign, not to mention this innovative way of keeping Canadians abreast of the issues, at home or abroad.

    Yours truly,
    Jeffrey

  12. Stephen,

    Is this going to be another tool that the party war rooms use to show what leaders are supposedly reading? Do party leaders have time to read articles during a campaign? I'm not knocking the fact that political party workers run such things as the facebook pages of their leaders, I just want to make sure that if I spend my time on Google Power Reader it will be worth it.

    Cheers,

    Chris Schafer

  13. Great job! I use Google Reader extensively and was always jealous that the US election was getting all the Google love and we weren't getting anything. When are you going to run for an MP position?

  14. Great job! I use Google Reader extensively and was always jealous that the US election was getting all the Google love and we weren't getting anything. When are you going to run for an MP position?

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