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Twittering the election

  • Sep. 26th, 2008 at 6:45 PM
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Jack Riley writes on our blog: The crazy, mixed-up world of the internet feels almost saturated at the moment with speculation about the US election, and cutesy microblogging site Twitter is no exception. While on the front pages of big news aggregation sites like Digg and Reddit stories not featuring the nominees are struggling to get a look in, the operators of the Twitosphere (yes, they call it that), have just launched a new Election '08 section to try and deal with the American public's seemingly unquenchable thirst for political comment titbits. The constant stream of comment rolling down the page is kind of cool, and kind of frightening.

Now playing: The Republican debate flip-flopping, Palin's exorcism, and, in breaking news, McCain 'looks kinda like a puppet when he talks'.

Question: Would you follow the election on Twitter? Or is that just for geeks?

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spittingkitty wrote:
Sep. 26th, 2008 05:53 pm (UTC)
I can't say I'm surprised. Twittering is the blogging equivalent to the sound bite: short and meaningless.
bostonmargy wrote:
Sep. 27th, 2008 12:06 am (UTC)
Good point and an excellent analogy
lphybrid wrote:
Sep. 26th, 2008 06:03 pm (UTC)
I checked it out... I love it! It's great seeing that many people actively voicing their opinions about the election.

I wouldn't follow it as a source of news though.
princekermit wrote:
Sep. 26th, 2008 06:14 pm (UTC)
No, I would not follow the election on Twitter. And I AM a geek.
tiny_josser wrote:
Sep. 26th, 2008 06:19 pm (UTC)
I think it's silly to dismiss twitter as a 'geek thing', but at the same time- that's certainly not where I get my news and I don't go there. I simply don't find the short quips and opinions interesting.
Really, I'm just pleased candidates are realizing that (generally) this generation doesn't follow news through the same medias people used to and being prevalent on the internet is a MUST. We're going to be here talking about them regardless. If they want our votes, they'll have to be here talking back.
Twitter is a popular site. I don't think it's in depth enough for it to be the only site they should comment on and watch, but it's probably one they should participate in.

As far as the 'crazy, mixed-up world of the internet' goes, the candidates must realize that it's not mixed up and frightening to us. If they seem confused and frightened then, personally, I find it very disconcerting. They need to figure it out or learn how to seem confident, regardless because I am sick of being embarrassed by the leader of my country.
dsgood wrote:
Sep. 26th, 2008 06:46 pm (UTC)
You CAN get your news from Twitter. For example, the Wall Street Journal is a member. Its posts include TINYURLs which lead to the full stories.
tingilya wrote:
Sep. 26th, 2008 06:23 pm (UTC)
Is this LJ going to be anything more than negativity against Republicans? So far, that's all I'm seeing.
princekermit wrote:
Sep. 26th, 2008 07:17 pm (UTC)
I would offer to you that on the global stage, after eight years of "cowboy diplomacy," many folks are wary of Senator McCain and the Republican party in general. Perhaps you're seeing it because it's real.
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kitblonde wrote:
Sep. 26th, 2008 06:36 pm (UTC)
I generally think Twitter's kinda unnecessary - 90% of Twitter posts seem to be "What I am eating for lunch right now" - but the immediacy of it allows you to kind of mass-peruse headlines. Yes, I will probably add Twitter-binging to the list of things I'm doing to absorb as much information about this campaign as my tiny brain can handle. But then, I'm a geek.
dsgood wrote:
Sep. 26th, 2008 06:44 pm (UTC)
Break the question into two parts. 1) Would I follow the election on that Twitter page? No. 2) Would I follow the election on Twitter? I am. What I'm following on Twitter includes the Wall Street Journal, BBC News, Digg, the Obama campaign, and the McCain campaign.
kwsapphire wrote:
Sep. 26th, 2008 07:09 pm (UTC)
I won't comment on twitter being for geeks or not, since the definition of that word varies from person to person. However no, I will not watch twitter for updates. As it is I have 9-13 hours of podcasts (mostly from NPR/PRI/BBC) per day to listen to, and I can't pay attention to them while I'm reading the web. Which means I'm terribly behind today.
absurdhero wrote:
Sep. 26th, 2008 07:14 pm (UTC)
Twitter generally is mental dribble. If I wanted that in a political context, I'd watch Fox News.
pennyann wrote:
Sep. 26th, 2008 07:45 pm (UTC)
LOL
newdadin09 wrote:
Sep. 26th, 2008 07:28 pm (UTC)
Gee, a question about a dumb internet site inspired from a inane blog post.

I'd say that I try to avoid such crap myself, but since I'm posting, I guess I really enjoy it.

Is there nothing more significant to post about?
davidfcooper wrote:
Sep. 26th, 2008 07:31 pm (UTC)
Yes, I would, and already do via various news/public affairs twitter feeds.
ephom wrote:
Sep. 26th, 2008 07:35 pm (UTC)
I have no interest in following the election on Twitter. I actually have no real interest in the election. It's much more fun to sit back and watch everyone fight with each other. After it starts to die down, I'll throw out an interesting tidbit of info and watch the fighting resume.

I think the president should be decided through Chess-Boxing matches anyways. Then at least we know we have a leader that is strong and smart... or just really strong or smart.
tyskkvinna wrote:
Sep. 26th, 2008 07:42 pm (UTC)
I don't follow the election twitter but I do follow the Mars project. ;)
pennyann wrote:
Sep. 26th, 2008 07:47 pm (UTC)
I don't think Twitter is for geeks. I think it does however reinforce the "sound bite" and "short attention span" forces that are already shaping our world (and NOT for the better). I find the whole Twitter thing to be insipid and I hate that people are doing it.
pennyann wrote:
Sep. 26th, 2008 08:45 pm (UTC)
I think that the post directly following mine, and in fact... many of the posts-turned-arguments here are part and parcel examples of why living in a "sound bite" and "talking point" society is killing us. We have heard the one-liner attacks from one side to the other so often we already have all the responses down pat. We can all spit out the "he did this, she did that" accusations against both candidates and their running mates, but rarely could any of those accusations be backed up by the full facts of the situation.

I don't think Twitter helps this trend one bit.
izuko wrote:
Sep. 26th, 2008 07:57 pm (UTC)
So LiveJournal didn't think we had enough Obama sycophants with ABC and CBS? Really makes me regret buying the permanent account.

How about going into Obama's shady dealings?
How about going into Biden's gaff factory?
How about going into potential violations of the Logan Act by Obama?
How about going into Obama's making fun of a disabled veteran's disabilities?
How about going into Obama's continuous playing of the race card?
How about going into the fact that Reid tried to sneak a shale oil ban into the bailout?
How about going into the fact that Obama blew up the bailout?
How about going into the fact that Obama forgot he had a job to do as senator, and had to be dragged back to Washington to do it?
How about going into the fact that Obama thinks we should emulate China, even as their buildings are demonstrated to be unsafe?

I'm sure there's plenty of Obama headlines you could do if you really wanted to. But, instead, we'll probably see a post on the perfect three-pointer that Obama shot before the debate, and bemoaning the shame that McCain is too unathletic to shoot his own.
princekermit wrote:
Sep. 26th, 2008 08:14 pm (UTC)
How about going into the fact that Obama forgot he had a job to do as senator, and had to be dragged back to Washington to do it?

Ummm, pot and kettle?

McCain has missed more Senate votes this year than any senator not recovering from a massive stroke, so an active presence in the Senate is not something he’s put much of a premium on since beginning his campaign.
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