The following is an excerpt from Joanna Stern | August 2, 2012 | abcnews.com |
Want to see who is ahead in the presidential race based on tweets and only tweets?
Today Twitter launched its Political Index, a dedicated site at http://election.twitter.com, which will show whether President Obama or Republican candidate Mitt Romney is in the lead based on millions of 140-character messages.
“We started by looking at the explosion at tweet volume since last election. There were 1.8 million tweets on the election day in 2008. That’s about six minutes on Twitter today, “Adam Sharp, Twitter’s head of government news and social innovation, told ABC News. “We were looking at follower growth and audience reaction to the State of Union and what we discovered was that the conversation, which were happening in a measurable public space, could be used to create a real-time index.”
The Twitter Political Index or TwIndex, as Twitter calls it, is an attempt to….
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