Twitter sifts through 400 million tweets every day to see where the political sentiment lies for each candidate.
Posted by vickiemom in open post, virtual friday, visualization
September 29, 2012 at 7:13 PM
I like this a lot! I don’t really use Twitter, but I do enjoy watching politics, haha. But I do find it interesting that almost every social network does some sort of thing to help people follow things like the presidential election, and other runnings. It is great to see people still care!
September 30, 2012 at 4:29 PM
Good post…It’s incredible how much technology has changed the way we interact with politics. Not even 15 years ago politics were restricted to just the TV and newspapers, it’s amazing what Twitter and other social media sites have done to escalade the stories and issues that surround each election.
September 30, 2012 at 8:10 PM
When we look at how biased and limited the reports of the news media can be, social media certainly has an impact. I think either can make a ‘mountain from a mole hill’ too. Standard media outlets control the mole hills. Social media allows any issue be a potential target. That is especially evident in how social media has impacted politics in the Middle Eastern countries over the past few years. We hosted an exchange student from Turkmenistan a few years ago. She said the government regularly shut down things like Facebook and texting. It is hard to imagine what would have happened in Tiananmen Square in China in 1989 if it had been augmented by social media? As recently as June of this year, the Chinese government was still censoring Chinese search engines and social media for words that would connect users to information about the Tiananmen Massacre.
September 30, 2012 at 6:10 PM
When I first started teaching at Stout in 2008 students weren’t all that familiar with Twitter, but on the day after Election Day I made sure to show them how quickly the reaction tweets were coming in!
September 30, 2012 at 8:16 PM
I’m actually part of the melee on election day – I do exit polls for Edison Research. I spend the entire day at a polling station collecting data through anonymous, confidential surveys. I have to report in 3 times during the day and call in the final vote count at the end of the day. Pretty interesting work. You can see the swing between Democrat/Republican by demographic information – gender/income bracket, etc. You can also see the Democrat/Republican swing by the time of day. In the 2008 general election the vote was heavily Democratic during the before and after work hours. It was strongly Republican during the early afternoon hours. I’ll post a summary of my observations for my polling place after the election.
September 30, 2012 at 8:54 PM
This is really cool to think about. It’s something to realize that there are people tweeting about the election, but when you put out a number and that they are being looked at, it’s really crazy.
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