All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘Campaign 2012’

Celebrate Election Day with a Bad Lip Reading of the Debates

Hopefully, by the end of the night (or early tomorrow morning), we’ll know who won the 2012 Presidential election. Even if something strange happens and we have to wait a little while for the official results, one thing is certain: the campaigning is over. The ads are done, the debates are done. America, it’s over. In celebration of that, Bad …

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On Election Night, Gloat to Your Political Frenemies with These GIFs

On election night, the chances are pretty high that your Facebook and Twitter streams will be inundated with policial posts. Some of your friends will rejoice, others will be apoplectic. Thus is the nature of bitter political contests. Many users will simply stay off social media in an effort to avoid the political bickering – but if you want to …

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The Electorate Isn’t Completely Uninformed, and We Can Give Some Credit to Facebook

The pessimist inside every participating member of a democracy thinks that the electorate is full of completely uniformed voters who will pick candidates based on their tie color, much like a disinterested sports follower will pick March Madness teams based on their mascots. While there is plenty of evidence to suggest that they may be correct, a new study from …

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Google Breaks Out the Political Scorecards in Time for Election Day

Guys, it’s almost over. The 2012 Presidential race has made the final turn and has entered the homestretch. Like any good horse race, this is the most exciting time – especially if you’re living in one of the highly-contested swing states. Did I say exciting? I meant unbearable, excruciating, exhausting, and miserable. If you’re in Ohio, Virginia, Florida, or a …

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Foursquare Unveils New Voting App for Election Day

Today, Foursquare unveiled the new “I Voted” app. Powered by the Google Civic Information API, the app will give you everything you need to know to make you a good citizen and informed voter. Well, maybe not a truly informed voter – Foursquare isn’t run by magicians. But it will give you some basic info on where to be, what …

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Twitter’s New Interactive Map Shows Where Political Tweets Mattered the Most

Back in August, Twitter launched their own Political Index (TPI) to track Twitter users’ general feelings about the Presidential candidates. The index is calculated using an algorithm that weighs the sentiment of tweets mentioning Obama or Romney as compared to hundreds of millions of tweets on various other topics. Whatever number pops out is a percentile score, showing that tweets …

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Calculate How Much Obama & Romney Are Willing to Spend on Your Vote

It’s no secret that both the Obama and Romney teams are doing all they can to get your vote on November 6th, and they have been for quite some time. Much of that effort is directed toward your online activities, as the campaigns want to know what you browse and how you click – as it helps them better target …

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Google Compiles Voting Info into One Easy Tool

Google knows that people use their service to find information on voting: when, where, how, who, etc. In order to make it a little easier, Google has compiled all of this information into one place, and they call it their Voter Information tool. You can access the tool here. Just enter your home address and that’s it. The voter tool …

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Sick of Politics on Facebook? Give Them the Boot with New Chrome Extension

Back in August, a new Chrome extension popped up that allowed users to block any post relating to anything that popped out. With a click of your mouse, you could remove all your friends’ mentions of their babies from your news feed, replacing them with photos of cats, cars, porn – whatever you wanted, really. Now, baby photos have been …

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The Debates Drew 24 Million Streams, Says YouTube

With the Presidential debates in our rear-view mirror and the election less than two weeks away, YouTube has taken some time to reflect on the viewership numbers from their live streams. 2012 was the first year that YouTube streamed the debates, and according to them, they had a pretty successful debut. According to YouTube, the four debates had 24 million …

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Watch the Third Party Candidates Debate Live on YouTube

Tonight, the final Presidential debate takes place between Democratic incumbent Barack Obama and his Republican challenger Mitt Romney. And although those are the two candidates for America’s highest office that you hear about the most, there are actually other people running to be President. You won’t see them at tonight’s debate (third parties haven’t been invited since Ross Perot in …

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Romney’s Binders Full of Women Remark Gives Birth to Crappy Flash Game

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: this election is weird, and it’s being made weird by the internet. And I’m not saying this is a bad thing – at all. All I’m saying is that it’s hard to imagine having social networks like Twitter and Facebook around with their current reach during Bush v. Gore or Clinton’s …

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Jimmy Kimmel Proves Our Electorate Is Made Up of Liars

Who do you think won this year’s First Lady debate? Ann Romney? Michelle Obama? I’m sure whoever came off as more knowledgeable and agressive without being condescending is the victor in the eyes of the public. Oh, there’s no such thing as a First Lady debate? Right. Don’t tell that to these liars. Jimmy Kimmel took to the streets to …

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Second Presidential Debate Sees 7.2 Million Tweets

Last night’s town hall debate saw the two Presidential candidates go at it for a little over an hour and a half on topics both foreign and domestic (mostly domestic). We’ve already told you how the Twittersphere reacted to one particular moment involving binders full of women, and now we have the official tweets statistics from Twitter themselves. According to …

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Binders Full of Women: The Comment That Launched a Thousand Social Media Pages

Last night’s second Presidential debate saw the two candidates clash over mostly domestic issues, with a few foreign issues sprinkled in. The town hall format meant that audience members got to ask the questions, and one particular response from Mitt Romney to a question on gender equality in the workplace led the social media world to go crazy creating pages …

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Vice Presidential Debate Saw 3.5 Million Tweets

Last week’s first Presidential debate broke a Twitter record. With over 10 million total tweets coming in from start to finish, it became the most tweeted-about event in U.S. politics. Could the Vice Presidential debate live up to that sort of social media chatter? Not quite. But it did draw an impressive crowd. Twitter confirms that last night’s VP debate …

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Use Your Facebook Data to Smear Yourself with a Negative Political Ad (It’s Fun, I Promise)

There’s a new project out from PBS NewsHour that allows anyone to create political ads for themselves with Facebook data. It’s called Ad Libs, and it’s a fun and informative way to show voters exactly how cookie cutter political ads really are. “Do you know how political campaign ads work? How they’re built? What they’re meant to tell you? Most …

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Vice Presidential Debate Streaming Live on YouTube [Reminder]

If you want to see the current Vice President of the United States and the man that could assume that role battle it out face-to-face, tonight’s your only chance. At 9 pm ET, Joe Biden and Paul Ryan will meet for the only Vice Presidential debate of the campaign season. The debate will take place at Centre College in Danville, …

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Twitter May Actually Spur People into Making Political Donations

We already know that this year, social media is a bigger part of the election than ever before. During the Republican National Convention, 4 million tweets were generated about the event. That number more than doubled the amount of tweets sent globally on election day 2008 – concerning all topics. A week later, the Democratic National Convention saw over 9.5 …

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Google Maps Hot-Button Political Search Terms Across the U.S.

If you weren’t aware, Google has info on our searches just sitting around. Since we, as a nation, make millions and millions of searches every week, you’d expect that Google has quite a bit of that information. Today, they’ve put it to good use by taking some specific search terms and cross referencing them by region to come up with …

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First Presidential Debate Undergoes a Bad Lip Reading

If you missed the first Presidential debate, don’t worry – there are still two more to go. And even if there were no more televised contests it would be cool, because Bad Lip Reading has you covered. The folks at BLR have tackled the debate, putting their spin on the Denver showdown between President Obama and Mitt Romney. As a …

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Sesame Street Wants Obama Campaign to Take Down Big Bird Ad

Poor Big Bird. Nobody wants to be inserted into a campaign as rough as the one currently playing out for President of the United States, and I can imagine that the eight-foot tall bright yellow bird is no exception. Now, on his behalf, Sesame Street has taken lengths to make it abundantly clear that Big Bird (and any other character, …

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Watch Celebrities Tell You to Vote, For Anything

It’s that time of the year again (ok, time of the every four years). It’s voting season, which means there will be plenty of people who come along and tell you that you have to vote, and how much it matters. Voting is cool, man. Right? Anyway, I’m sure you’ve seen plenty of celebrity PSAs encouraging you to fulfill your …

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Watch the Presidential Debate Live on Your Xbox (It’s Interactive, If You’re into That)

Political junkies, members of the informed electorate, concerned citizens: YouTube isn’t the only place to watch a live streamed version of Wednesday night’s Presidential debate. Those of you with Xbox LIVE can also stream the first debate of the season – and you can even participate if you want. Xbox LIVE members can watch the live stream via the Election …

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Presidential Debates Streaming Live on YouTube [Reminder]

Today, we begin the last full month before election day. And as we turn our calendars to October, the first Presidential debate is only a couple of days away. University of Denver will host the first debate of the season, and it will air across the country at 9 pm ET. Along with traditional broadcast channels, you can also watch …

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Samuel L. Jackson’s Obama Ad “Wake The F*ck Up” Hits YouTube

We knew it was coming, and today it hit the YouTubes. We’re talking of course about Samuel L. Jackson’s profanity-laden pro-Obama advert “Wake the F*ck Up.” Sponsored by the liberal Jewish Council for Education and Research, the ad plays like a bedtime rhyme for Obama supporters. It features a little girl, with the help of Jackson, telling people that this …

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YouTube Adds New Voter Registration Annotation to Make Voting Go Viral

Today marks the debut of a new holiday in the United States. September 25th is officially the first-ever National Vote Registration Day, a campaign to make sure that all eligible voters out there get registered. The campaign is spreading the word across Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Google+, and other networks using the official hashtag #925NVRD. YouTube is taking a small step …

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Register to Vote Recently? Add It to Your Facebook Timeline

Like it or not, Facebook is one of the most popular arenas for political discussion (and arguing) in the world. Think about it; nearly one billion people, all with their own views on how their countries should be run. Set aside the fact that your cousin Jed really annoys you with his incessant updates, and your idiot sister doesn’t know …

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Mitt Romney’s Univision Hispanic Forum Streams Live Tonight on Facebook

Last month, we told you that both Presidential candidates had signed up for their own “Meet the Candidates” event co-sponsored by Spanish language broadcaster Univision and Facebook. Today, it’s Mitt Romney’s turn to address the forum. The event will kick off at 6:30 pm ET, and will be streaming live on Facebook. You can watch it en Español aquí, or …

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President Obama’s Speech Dominated Facebook, Too

Today, the folks over at Twitter gave us some big news concerning President Obama’s nomination acceptance speech at the closing night of the Democratic National Convention: he broke a record. In terms of politically-themed tweets, Obama set a tweets per minute record at 52,756 as his speech came to a close. Overall, the DNC saw over 9.5 million tweets over …

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