Thursday, August 02, 2012

Twitter Unveils the Twindex, a New Political Index - NYTimes.com

Government by the people, 140 characters at a time

Adam Sharp, head of government, news and social innovation at Twitter, said in a phone interview that the new Twitter Index, or Twindex, monitors hundreds of millions of Twitter messages searching for opinions and views about both 2012 presidential candidates.

The messages are then sorted by what people are saying about President Obama or Mitt Romney, the presumptive Republican nominee, and then creates a poll of those views.

The new site, housed at election.twitter.com, will be updated each day at 8 p.m., Eastern time, to reflect the latest daily views about the candidates.”

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Twitter Unveils the Twindex, a New Political Index - NYTimes.com

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