|Twitter's Election Day Page is Live|
Good compiled source to get latest coverage
|Curated by Twitter, the page is loaded with tweets from the presidential candidates, political parties, and news sources such as the Electoral College, CNN, and the Washington Post. |
"It highlights tweets from candidates and their staffers, media, and other key players so you can hear directly from those close to the action," Rachael Horwitz, Twitter's senior manager of communications, wrote in a blog post today.
I tried to use Twitter's election 2012 coverage hashtag, (#election2012) but it seemed to filter things too much --- I wanted see a live flurry of hundreds of thousands of tweets blur by faster than I could read them -- I wanted widgets and whirly-things -- something "exciting" -- even some colorful graphs would have been nice -- anything. But Twitter was dull. Twitter did not "engage me".
According to Twitter themselves, the night was a record breaking success:
|"31 million Tweets later, Election Day 2012 has come to a close. As the results of the election were called by news organizations, the conversation about the election on Twitter surged, hitting a peak of 327,452 Tweets per minute (TPM). Before President Obama took the stage to address the nation, he shared a special update on Twitter. As thousands of supporters cheered in Chicago, more than 455,000 (and counting) retweeted his celebratory message" |
I watched the election streamed live on ABC news in one browser and kept Politco's live election map in another. Every once in a while I'd go see what was breaking in Google News and read some articles at WSJ, NYT, Boston Globe, LA Times and other credible news sources.