Of The People, By The People, For The People

Politweets was one of the first to mix Twitter and politics. Other interesting mash-ups were created by C-SPAN for both the RNC and the DNC. There’s also the amazingly cool Perspctv and of course there’s Current TV’s plan to Hack The Debate. Today, we’re adding to the mix by launching Twitter Election 2008 built upon our search and trending functionality.

Twitter E08

What Do We Think?

Every second of every day, people all around the world share the answer to a simple question, “What are you doing?” With only 140 characters to work with, folks tend to share the reactions, opinions, and ideas foremost in their thoughts. This public chorus reveals what is truly on our minds—Election 2008 on Twitter exposes these topics.

During the first presidential debate in Oxford, Mississippi and each subsequent debate leading up to and beyond election day, Twitter will be performing real-time algorithmic analysis on millions of unedited public reactions. These trending topics along with a live ticker of continuously fresh opinions are available now at election.twitter.com.

What Do You Think?

In addition to exposing emerging political topics, Twitter E08 invites visitors to include their opinions and reactions in 140 characters or less. Twitter is the pulse of what is happening with the people, organizations, and events you care about—delivered immediately, wherever you are. Proven compelling during shared events ranging from earthquakes to film festivals, Twitter now introduces an engaging new way to participate in democracy.

Twitter E08 Features

  • Hot Election Topics are determined by a variety of search queries
  • The topics at the top of the page are updated every 15 minutes
  • Clicking at topic filters the content based on that particular word or phrase
  • Obama and McCain’s Twitter accounts are updated whenever they update
  • People can participate in the box under “What do you think?”
  • The main timeline is a live ticker—new updates appear every second or so
  • Clicking the sidebar tabs filters the main timeline by candidate name
  • We’ll be featuring notable Twitter accounts in the sidebar
  • Updates made at Twitter E08 will link back to election.twitter.com

Twitter E08 Topic Page

Note: A Twitter account is not required unless you want to participate by adding your own opinions, thoughts, or ideas. Which you should! Also, send your thoughts via SMS on your mobile while you’re watching the debates—that’ll work too. What do you think?