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Similar to MTV’s backchannel, which we posted a few days ago, the excellent Current.TV are going to be utilising Twitter to support discussion around the US Presidential Candidate debates. Although comments in the forum are already showing a little confusion on what exactly is to be done, Current.TV will be showing the debates, along with discussion, live, starting from the first event on September 26.

Why blog this? Twitter is moving rapidly from a ‘group’ conversation medium to an en-masse rapid fire discussion channel. The support for hash tags allow the grouping of conversations together, but you can be sure it will be hard, fast and moderated. In this instance, Twitter isn’t too far from using SMS or Email into a live broadcast, and selecting key messages to appear, but with a far lower infrastructure cost, as it relies upon existing free systems. If twitter can stay online whilst the debates are raging of course.


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