Social Media buzz on OC Transpo Strike

Posted: December 10, 2008 in web 2.0
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Today is the first day of the transit strike in Ottawa – hopefully it’ll be a short one! I thought I’d do a scan to see where the issue is being discussed in social media circles, and the types of web 2.0 tools being employed to help people deal with the impact (carpooling mostly), and to connect and discuss the issue.


Search for “Ottawa Transit” and “OC Transpo” on brings up many posts by people commenting on the strike, including some useful tips such as “b/c of transit strike, on-street, unmetered parking is unlimited in 1, 2, and 3 hour spots. At meters you still have to pay.”; links to news twitter feeds from @cbcnews @macleans (the Magazine) @timesnews @nationalpost

Map Mashups
Traffic Camera/Google Maps mashup

FaceBook Groups


Search on for blog posts:

  • OC Transpo Strike | as of Dec 11 – 25 posts
  • Ottawa Transit Strike | Dec 11 – 92 posts
  • Ottawa Transit | Dec 11 – 1219 posts
  • OC Transpo | Dec 11 – 276 posts

A search on Technorati and Google Blog Search results in quite a few different bloggers commenting on the strike – certainly a lot of negative sentiment towards OC Transpo:


The CTV Interview with OCTranspo Union leader
Not a lot of other strike related videos – lots of OC Transpo videos both from riders, and from OCTranspo
Compilation of bus videos

Media Website Discussion Spaces

CTV News Story closed their discussion space after 168 comments in just a few hours.
CBC News coverage with 208 comments as of 11AM Wed

Google Trends


Do you have any other examples that you’ve come across to share?

  1. Kelly Rusk says:

    It’s great to see so many people coming together and helping each other out right now. I am wondering how we ever survived a bus strike without social media!

    Great list of resources Mark! It’ll be interesting to see how this plays out. I really hope it doesn’t last too long.


  2. […] twitter |   I’ve been following social media updates on the OC Transpo transit strike (see previous post) through a variety of social media channels.  Thought I’d share my search approach here, and […]

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