Labour and Liberal Democrats fail to grasp the power of the internet in Liverpool
Before I started work at the Liverpool Daily Post in the summer of 2007, I had covered politics in Blackburn for the Lancashire Telegraph.
So naturally when @blackburnlabour started following me on Twitter a couple of months back I returned the compliment.
The local party has also created a great blog at blackburnlabour.org
This is a shining example of what local parties should be doing up and down the land.
It features blogs from Labour leader Kate Hollern and Blackburn MP Jack Straw, and other Labourites from the town.
Blackburn, like Liverpool, has a wonderfully vibrant political scene.
I couldn't even access the Liverpool Labour website, and the Lib Dem's website was totally out of date (it included a piece on Labour's rat charter, if memory serves me correctly this was a major part of an election campaign while I was still working in Blackburn).
At the risk of sounding like a broken record both major parties in Liverpool desperately need to get their act together and start taking the internet and social media seriously.
Forget engaging with the population at large (although that would be a good thing), this is a completely missed opportunity to sell their policies and get their message across.