September 26, 2008 |
Today Twitter has launched a new political site to kind of admit the evident fact: Twitter is a place for an ever increasing number of political tweets now that the presidential election campaign is approaching its culmination. The result is that the guys over at Twitter have decided to scan all the updates sent by Twitter users to the public timeline, select those mentioning a few terms relevant to the election process and put them all on one site updated in real time with all the latest opinions from people about what they think about the political process in the US.
Besides, the site features the hottest political topics discussed at any given moment and even the updates from the candidates (or their representatives) that people can even reply to with their own opinions (interesting to know if these opinions will ever be replied to but still an interesting initiative).
I could not help but spend quite some time today on this newly-launched Twitter election site. My impression after tracking what people say about the candidates is that the entire election process more or less resembles a very large-scale reality show where all the participants are far from perfect (even thought the tweets show that Twitter users seem to use less delicate language to describe their real opinions). Honestly, it very much looks like the show producer decided to cut expenses and we are left without a superhero to win it all.
But it’s quite fine with us, we won’t let the reality show grow boring even without the superhero: we have already been waving Sarah Palin’s dirty laundry around and will be sure to find some new reasons to make the entire show more entertaining for both the participants and the viewers – that I am sure of.
But social media seems to be full of optimists and Twitter election site seems to be some way to demonstrate out objection and voice what people really think in one place where the concentration of such opinions (rarely positive) is as high as it could ever be. And this concentration is exactly what we needed to make us think… and think again.
Besides, now we know what Twitter acquired Summize for and probably should expect further niche websites from them depending on what is hot on the internet at any given moment (probably these sites will be ad-supported and we will see some business model on Twitter, after all). But what will the next topic be? Recession or holiday season, any guesses?