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DAY 11 | I might have forgotten my password award

David Templeman, Labor MLA for Mandurah

Back in the heady days of 2012, in the lead up to the last WA state election, David Templeman joined Twitter. Four months later, he tweeted for the first time with comments on Royalties for Regions, retweeted congratulations to newly re-elected President Obama, and reminded people to buy their Remembrance Day poppies. Three months passed before a fourth tweet about Mandurah and ever since … silence.

So many great things happening in this wonderful community this week… #mandurah #wapol

— David Templeman (@TemplemanMLA) February 5, 2013


But while @TemplemanMLA last tweeted more than 1450 days ago, his colleagues and others have been @-ing someone else in his place: @davidtempleman.

Colleague @davidtempleman speaking at parliamentary friends of grandcarers #wapol pic.twitter.com/Q6Ta20rVhY

— Margaret Quirk (@QuirkyMLA) September 10, 2015

That David Templeman appears to be a spam account that has only tweeted twice since joining in August 2010, in both cases with a story about how much a single mum can earn a week … just by clicking this not-dodgy-at-all link.

It seems it’s hard to convince either David Templeman of the merits of Twitter.

Why does it matter? 

There’s a bit of debate over whether it is worth keeping alive an account that you are never going to use. @TemplemanMLA has more than 200 followers — that’s more than some active MPs — but many Twitter tools now actively encourage users to ditch the lazy tweeters from your follower list. Untweet, for example, lets you line up everyone you follow and kick them out one by one if they aren’t maintaining a scintillating level of conversation. Still, with a placeholder account on stand-by, at least @TemplemanMLA can kick back into action any time he feels the need to re-engage on Twitter.


DAY 10 | Not-so-minor party award
DAY 12 | Stay on brand award