Canadian Immigration Site Crashes on Trump Victory
It’s no secret that many U.S. citizens have talked about fleeing the country if there was a Trump presidency win in the presidential election. As Trump took the lead in last night’s election, Canada’s immigration website crashed. Lisa Filipps, a spokeswoman for Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, released a statement last night that the website was “temporarily inaccessible to users as a result of a significant increase in the volume of traffic.” But, we cannot concretely say the website crashed due to the election, just that many Americans may be exploring their options last night.
Social Media Propels Trump to Shock the World
With the election over, one question on everyone’s mind is how so many professional analysts and prognosticators were wrong? Most pollsters were wrong about the presidential election. A Trump victory was not predicted in the key toss-up states nor in the overall presidential election. This leads the nation to question the country’s leading pollsters and their “mathematical models, assumptions and survey methods” since they dramatically underestimated the number of Trump supporters. Could this faltering data question the viability of big data to support business decisions and predict outcomes? While many speculate the massive U-turn of the election happened because historical ‘non-voters’ actually voted this election, Michael Traugott, professor at the University of Michigan’s Center for Political Studies, says “he doesn’t believe the differences between internet-based polls and phone-based polls” explains the turn of events, but the fact that people are extremely hard to predict.
Now we must wait to see how pollsters will go about our next election. Will they gather their data the same way as always or will they alter their data collecting process? One thing seems certain. Trump essentially ran his campaign on social media. Despite Clinton outspending him 10-1 on the airwaves and the Republican establishment not fully supporting his campaign, his often unconventional use of social media kept him constantly in the public eye. For more on the power of social media watch this video (by of course us):
(Source: USA Today)
A Little Something to Brighten Your Day
On another note, Phil Duncan, Liverpool native and Seattle resident, has decided to travel the world to indulge in his obsession. What is his obsession? Pizza! He puts all pizza lovers to shame with his level of commitment to the food. Why is he doing this? Simple. His Instagram followers like his pizza photos. So he has dedicated his Instagram (@phil.duncan) to his new pizza adventure, which combines his two loves: pizza and traveling.