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Friday, October 3, 2008

Hack the Debate lets you eavesdrop on other people's living rooms while watching live TV

Here's something news sites in NZ might want to look at given we have an election coming up.

Current, a peer-to-peer news aggregator and broadcaster, and Twitter, a popular social network/microblogging platform, have teamed up to cover the vice-presidential debate between Sarah Palin and Joe Biden later today:

Current & Twitter have teamed up for the very first time to integrate real-time Twitter messages (aka "tweets") over major portions of a live television broadcast.

Hack the Debate by adding your Twitter posts to our live broadcast of the 2008 Presidential Debates.

We will broadcast as many of your debate tweets as possible right over the candidates, in real time, on our live broadcast.
In a nutshell, Twitter users comment on the debate as it happens and include the hashtag #current. (A hashtag - the # symbol followed by a keyword - is a way of tracking Twitter conversations about a particular topic.) Current TV will aggregate all those tweets tagged with #current and include them in its coverage of the debate.

This highlight package of the McCain/Obama debate run on Current gives you an idea of how it works.

Other tags to watch for on Twitter tonight are
| | | | - check out Nancy Scola's post on techPresident to find out the relevance. (Thanks to Imogen for the link).

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