Election night drove Twitter usage to new highs. The service reported 327,452 tweets per minute as the networks began to predict an Obama victory. Notably, the president also tweeted a victory message (“Four more years”) before he took the stage to make his acceptance speech.
President Obama visited Reddit an hour ago to ask users, who had engaged him in an “Ask Me Anything” digital conversation in August, to go vote.
A voting machine in Pennsylvania has been taken out of service after a YouTube user filmed the machine displaying a vote for Romney when the voter selected Obama, according to MSNBC.
A survey backed by the Pew Internet and American Life project found that social networking takes second place only to face-to-face conversations as a way to communicate about the election.
Observers of the 2012 campaigns know that this cycle has been dubbed the first “social election,” with candidates up and down the ballot using social media to do everything from raise money to organize supporters. CQ Researcher published a thorough examination of social media’s role in 2012 politics in an article entitled, “Social Media and Politics,” which is located behind their pay wall. Here’s a look at some of the trends identified in the piece.
How much social media sways swayable voters is perhaps the same sort of question as how much wood a woodchuck would chuck if it could. Still, some projects designed to give average users access to more information about the vote are well worth watching.
Tomorrow, as voters all over the United States head to the polls to vote, YouTube is asking people to document their voting experience on video and send their videos in to be featured on the YouTube Elections Hub.
Voting is always important, and it is especially important in an election that is predicted to be as close as tomorrow’s Presidential election. In order to get the vote out and stress the importance of each and every individual showing up at the polls, the Obama campaign has launched a nifty little tool that shows you how many people with your first name have already voted.
Uber has offered Chicago users a free taxi ride to the polls on election day, so long as the fare doesn’t exceed $20.12. The company is partnering with Rock the Vote to offer the deal. It joins other apps and social networks in encouraging voter turnout.
The debates are over, but the presidential elections are just getting started. Social media monitoring service HootSuite has set up a command center for the 2012 presidential elections that tracks the activities of both candidates, the company announced today. The 2012 Election Tracker gives viewers minute-to-minute updates on voter sentiment on Facebook and Twitter as the election unfolds.