The General Election aka Hobson's Choice 2010 has arrived

I'm sat on my sofa writing this at half eleven, the night before the general election. The Sun's front page for election day, with David Cameron mocked up into the iconic Barack Obama image, is flying around Twitter - mostly to disbelief. Bet their sales go up though. It's almost as if they've deliberately chosen an image that'll provoke howls of online outrage. So, yes, I'm sat here still not sure who to vote for. Tomorrow should be interesting, historic even. I can't wait for the drama and the coverage, although I'm less than sure about 98% of the politicians involved.

It's been a fascinating election to watch, especially from an online perspective, although I'm somewhat glad I took a holiday in the middle of it all and totally switched off from the entire campaign. Fun as it can be, I can totally understand why Adam Tinworth, and others, have retreated from Twitter for some of the election period. It can get a bit much, really.

Politics is tribal, yes. It also invokes passion. That I also understand. But it's somewhat unedifying to see people who are already elected representatives or are aiming to become an elected representative - and especially party-supporting people - close up and angry on social sites. This Tweet from Conservative blogger, Iain Dale, being a case in point (although, in fairness to Dale, he did apologise and he's not deleted the offending Tweet).

Call me an idealist, but given these people are meant to be aiming to change the world for the better and represent our interests, it'd be nice if one or two could rise above the mud-slinging. Really, all it comes across is that these people want power above political convictions (I'm probably doing quite a few a disservice here though). And I'd rather back somebody who is entering politics because of convictions as opposed to a fanatical desire to see their party returned to or achieving power.

It's not just Dale, who is meant to be one of the online stars of politics, who has forgotten what social media is about. I've seen plenty of people, especially on Twitter, who sell themselves as social media experts and, by and large, fall into that category, forget themselves.

Brands should listen and engage is a regular message from social media land. Which is why it's rather depressing to see certain people shout down and talk at others for having their party's policies questioned. It's worse than some of the rather low-brow football banter on the site. Much as I dislike Plymouth Argyle, I wouldn't go as far as some social media people have gone with politics.

And still the politics rumbles on, the 24 News Channels do their best to make The Thick Of It look like a factual documentary and all the political parties come out with policies with so many holes in them you could drive the entire US marine corps though.

This all probably sounds a bit gloomy and, yes, it's easy to be disillusioned with British politics. If there was a 'None of the above' option on the ballot paper, as they used to have in my old Students' Union elections, I'd place my cross there without hesitation.

But, having worked reporting two general elections and numerous local elections, 2010 feels like people actually care about the outcome. I haven't felt the country (at least in my personal sphere) be this engaged with the election.

I've had long conversations with strangers on the bus about the election, the result, their hopes and fears. That wouldn't have happened at the last two elections.

And, for the first time in ages, it's never been easier to connect with your MPs and other local politicians via social media and hold them to account. Anything that brings the public closer to their elected representatives can only be a good thing. Twitter and Facebook have made this possible.

But the most entertaining aspect has been the humour on social media, aimed at all parties. At least once a day I've laughed at something irreverent posted on Twitter or Facebook. It's made it entertaining. Politics is suddenly fun to discuss.

And it'll sure as hell be fun to watch tomorrow as the TV coverage gets bigger and probably more bizarre and the results fly in.

That said, it's now quarter past midnight on election day.

I still have absolutely no idea who I'm going to vote for.