Gerard Kennedy and Maurizio Bevilacqua are, I’m happy to report, among the living. Bevilacqua was hanging out at the apparently un-Google-able maurizio.ca, and Kennedy’s site went live, as far as I can tell, today.
Kennedy’s site is still a little rough around the edges. The link to his blog isn’t working yet (and, oddly, it’s under “Multimedia”) and several pages have awkward “This page is currently under development” fig leaves… including the “Doing Politics Differently” link and the site map.
Bevilacqua’s site appears to have been active for more than a week (incidentally, someone needs to have a chat with him about the difference between a blog and a post).
No feeds on either site yet. Each looks slickly designed, but while Bevilacqua’s site uses “alt” tags on his navigation bar so it can be used by the visually impaired, Kennedy’s doesn’t â€“ and doesn’t offer a text alternative. Tsk.
Let’s add the latest contender:
Scott Brison: If not for Ignatieff, Brison’s would be the clear leader among the various web sites. It has polished design and visual appeal, as well as simple navigation through a wide range of content. There’s an email newsletter, send-to-a-friend features for each page, a volunteer form, full contact information and, yes, not one but three separate news feeds (but curiously, no omnibus feed).
Where Brison’s site falls short, though, is in offering any real sense of interactivity and openness. While Ignatieff’s site has an apparently no-holds-barred discussion forum and the promise of a policy forum, Brison’s site’s public face involves only one-way communication. There’s no blog and no comments (jury-rigged or otherwise).
More to follow. But if you’re interested in election blogging, head over to Confeederation.
Several NDP campaigns are blogging, and at least one is podcasting – and I think that deserves some recognition. So this page is going to serve as a repository for the Web 2.0-enabled NDP candidates.
I’ve almost certainly missed some, and others will probably launch over the course of the campaign, so please feel free to add new ones via the comments form below.
(Here’s an OPML file of all the blogs that have news feeds. I’ll keep it updated throughout the campaign.)