Hacking the debate

08Oct08

Tonight I watched the second presidential debate at Current TV’s Hack the Debate, a video mashup of a live video feed combined with a text overlay of comments (aka Tweets) submitted by Twitter users. I also had Twitter’s election page running in a separate window.

While it wasn’t apparent that all Tweets submitted to Hack the Debate would appear – it would be almost impossible given the amount submitted – It was amazing how quickly Twitter picked up and posted my notes. Watching the backchannel happen in real-time was mesmerizing. The comments were thought-provoking, random, and often downright hilarious (“my friends, has anyone seen my green sweater?”).

Election coverage at Twitter

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