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Wired have a great round up of the tools being used (I’d imagine only a handful of many) to track and interact with the discussion around last night’s Presidential debate:

Current TV and Twitter have partnered to create “Hack The Debate.” Current will stream live tweets to its television broadcast of the debate. It will also stream the debate live online. The on-air tweets will be filtered to cut out cuss words. Tag your tweets with #Current, and they could be featured on TV. This should be interesting.

Twitter has launched its own Election 2008 section. You’ll find a torrent of commentary streaming online. Might be fun to check out on your iPhone or iTouch when you’re at a party and bored with the conversation.

C-Span has a meta-page that features blog and Twitter-round-ups, embeddable video clips, a debate timeline and live rolling transcript, and a word tree that will analyze the number of times a candidate uses a particular word (sound familiar?)

Free Press has launched a web page where you can rate the performances of the debate moderators, perhaps an inevitable development. If you can’t join ’em, rate ’em.

Javalava has a weird and interesting application called “Shout” in the iTunes store that lets you vent anonymously in chat rooms with people around the world. The app now has a US Elections room.

CNN has launched a page called “Debate the Debates,” where after you register and log in, you can chat with each other, as you watch the debate either on television or streamed online. Voters will also have the chance to interact with CNN’s correspondents online.

Why blog this? This is an interesting list of application of technology in a major political event, and shows that broadcasters are ready and able to apply new tools to allow social interaction with the content.

via [Wired]


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.