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Last Updated: Thursday, 28 April 2005, 12:34 GMT 13:34 UK
The Virtual Campaign: Viral Marketing
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All The Links That Fit

Alan Connor gives a round-up of the links mentioned on The Daily Politics.

Hello, thanks for dropping by, and welcome to the list of websites mentioned in the most recent programme!

And as usual, the BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites.

We looked at viral marketing in the most recent programme, and specifically how it's being used to generate conversation about electoral reform.

The website called Subservient Blair, where a Tony Blair lookalike takes your suggestions, is hosted by the viral marketing people at DMC.

The sites that it sends you off to are the postcode-based Do You Count? and Make My Vote Count.

The latter is designed by The Hug and brought to you by Make Votes Count, an umbrella of many groups, including the Electoral Reform Society, Charter88 and the Fawcett Society. The quizzes we looked at are a True Or False five-questioner and another called The Golden Anorak. And the exercises in alternate voting systems using chocolate biscuits and pop music are at Vote Vote.

Read Alan's election coverage at the Vote 2005 site

A lot of links, but then the umbrella of electoral reform covers a lot of people!

We also looked at some specific virals, such as the satirical animation GB Jab, which parodies Shaggy's "It Wasn't Me", and is not for the easily-offended. Other virals currently getting a lot of eyeballs are The Campaign To Re-Elect The Prime Minister, The Uncredibles, The Kung Fu Statesmen, and an election special of the Beeb's own The Clangers, from 1974.

We also had a quick look at MPs Reunited, the author of the spoof Alastair Campbell blog, and the latest cybersquatting stunt from the Conservatives.

The big bets are continuing to come in (176,000 on Labour at 33:1 on), and your best resource for online political punts remains Political Betting. And an angry electorate is continuing to swap votes, with Billy Bragg's Vote Dorset joining Tactical Voter in an effort to decapitate the Top Tories.

And if that's not enough for you, then here are two ingenious quizzes: one on identifying politicians [MS Excel spreadsheet], and one on the issues we've all been talking about.

Happy clicking!

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