GOP in tweeted debate

by Russ Jones,

A conservative non-profit group announced last week that it will host the Twitter Republican Presidential Debate on July 20 — the first presidential debate conducted through one of the web’s largest social media sites.

Political analyst and pollster Dick Morris will moderate event that will feature many GOP candidates. Dustin Stockton, media director of the conservative group, says the platform will separate the debate from the rest … Read more

2012 battles fought in 140 characters or less

By Shannon Travis,

Might future presidential debates feature candidates that voters can’t see, can’t hear and who answer questions in 140 characters or less?

While televised presidential debates are far from political extinction, what’s certain is that more and more presidential-type forums are making significant use of social media or wholly being broadcast online.

Cases in point: on Wednesday, President … Read more

Facebook upgrade spurs fears of political bias

By Neil Munro, The Daily Caller

Facebook’s managers are deploying a new software upgrade that will dismantle myriad groups of like-minded political activists unless they get a special software-key from the company.

But Facebook manager are providing very limited information about which groups are being favored with … Read more

YouTube Launches Debate Clearinghouse For Politicos

by Austin Carr, Fast Company

When it comes to debating the issues, the public has a hard time sifting through all the political theater, biases, and endless muckraking. Between boilerplate-spewing press secretaries, 30-second attack ads, and swiftboating, it’s often difficult to figure out where candidates and elected officials stand on hot policy topics like health care and the economy without out-of-context buzzwords (Death panels! Socialism!).

Today, however, politicians may finally have a … Read more

Did the Internet Care About the GOP Primary Debate?

By Nick Judd, techPresident

So last night’s Republican primary debate, despite being so early and without a party headliner, still managed to outdo chatter about Osama bin Laden in terms of Twitter conversation:

“GOP” in Twitter mentions as seen through Trendistic, compared to “obl” (for references to Osama bin Laden) and, as a baseline, the always popular … Read more