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December 5, 2008

Friday ORB Roundup


November 10, 2008

Tweet, Tweet


I have been twittering a bit . Twitter, a social media tool, is a fast-growing technology that months ago defied an easy description. That is no longer the case. Twitter found its stride during the election

All election day long,  I, and many others,  were glued to Twitter’s Election2008 stream. Mark Friesen even configured a special Portland election page  that featured feeds from Doug Perry and Scott Nelson, as well as Twitterers across the Portland area who were expressing their election thoughts in real-time.  Mark’s page is still active. The page is no longer election specific but it is still a great place to check out what certain Portlanders are saying. (Think of Twitter as an AP feed for the community.)

Interested in starting your own Twitter account? Check out this great primer by Sarah Evans on building a Twitter community over at Mashable.  She provides tips on how to search, the quirky lingo, as well as, a general how-to.

October 15, 2008

Wednesday ORB Roundup

August 27, 2008

Wednesday ORB Roundup (convention edition)

Filed under: election,roundup_bits — Lynne @ 11:26 am
  • The RNC’s social networking and fundraiser tool is called MyGOP. I prefer to view The GOP Networks on other social networking tools (located in the bottom right corner of the web site).
  • Politics West: a project of the Denver Post. Includes a Western News Roundup, but excludes Oregon and Washington.
  • The Sunlight Foundation’s Party Time is a project that tracks lobbyist-sponsored parties thrown at the 2008 Democratic and Republican National Conventions.

August 19, 2008

2008 State Elections

Filed under: election — Lynne @ 5:22 pm

Stateline.org launched a new interactive guide to the 2008 state elections. Voters can keep track of the 11 gubernatorial, 11 attorneys general and seven secretary of state races. Short on time? Read the one-page state summary.

July 25, 2008

Pew Center

Recently released from the various Pew Centers:

The Changing Newsroom: Gains and Losses in Today’s Papers

It has fewer pages than three years ago, the paper stock is thinner, and the stories are shorter. There is less foreign and national news, less space devoted to science, the arts, features and a range of specialized subjects. Business coverage is either packaged in an increasingly thin stand-alone section or collapsed into another part of the paper. The crossword puzzle has shrunk, the TV listings and stock tables may have disappeared, but coverage of some local issues has strengthened and investigative reporting remains highly valued. Full Report

2008 National Survey of Latinos: Hispanic Voter Attitudes

Hispanic registered voters support Democrat Barack Obama for president over Republican John McCain by 66% to 23%, according to a nationwide survey of 2,015 Latinos conducted by the Pew Hispanic Center, a project of the Pew Research Center, from June 9 through July 13, 2008. (Full Report: PDF)

Biofuels for Transportation: A Climate Perspective

As the United States seeks to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from motor vehicles and to lessen its dependence on imported oil, biofuels are gaining increasing attention as one possible solution. This paper offers an introduction to the current state of play for biofuels: the technologies used in their production, their GHG emissions, and associated policy issues.
(Full Report: PDF)

Likely Rise in Voter Turnout Bodes Well for Democrats

The outlook for the presidential election at mid-year is substantially different than at comparable points in time in recent campaigns. First, turnout is likely to be higher this fall – perhaps much higher than in previous elections – as voter interest continues at record levels. Second, as has been the case since the start of the campaign, Democrats enjoy a substantial engagement advantage over Republicans that may significantly alter the composition of the November electorate.

Third, while there has been considerable debate about whether Hillary Clinton’s supporters will rally behind Barack Obama in the fall, it is clear that both candidates face formidable challenges in consolidating their bases. (Full Report: PDF)

July 16, 2008

Elections Video Search by Google

Filed under: election,Google,search engine,video — Lynne @ 4:05 pm

The Elections Video Search Google Gadget uses speech recognition software to transcribe and index political speeches. Using the gadget you can search spoken content in transcribed videos from YouTube’s Politicians Channel. Not only are you able to search on the text used in speeches, but once the words are found you then can quickly jump to the portion of the video you are most interested in.

This new search tool was just launched this week so expect some glitches.

March 5, 2008

Filed under: election — Lynne @ 12:20 am

No, we aren’t the last state to host the presidential primary. South Dakota hosts, their primary in June.

February 4, 2008

Filed under: election,multimedia examples — Lynne @ 11:09 pm

The New York Times created a cool interactive graphic for the 2008 endorsements.

January 19, 2008

Filed under: election — Lynne @ 12:05 am

Election 2008

Mapping the Candidates lets you virtually track the candidates.
-From Slate

U.S. Census Snapshots
South Carolina

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