Twitter Vote Report Will Track Election Day Shadiness and Long Lines

Now this is a good use of Twitter!  from Mashable…

“While substantial efforts are made to get people to actually go to the polls and vote, once they get there, a lot of things can go wrong – broken machines, not showing up in the registered voter rolls, or excessively long lines, just to name a few. Twitter Vote Report is a new mashup that looks to track these problems and use the wisdom of Twitter’s crowd to try and solve them.”  read the whole story here:Twitter Vote Report Will Track Election Day Shadiness and Long Lines

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Is Technology the Catalyst for Mixing Politics and Brands?

From Ad Age, making the point the corporations usually stay away from politics. Here, BK is jumping right in (although in a non-partisan way) and working with Rock the Vote.

I don’t know that this is a reflection of the potential of technology.  Rather, I think it is a reflection of the high interest in this year’s election–a huge wave among young people, and others, as indicated by the high number of viewers of the debates.

Is Technology the Catalyst for Mixing Politics and Brands? – Advertising Age – DigitalNext

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Election ‘08 for iPhone Offers Up-to-the-minute Political Info

Election ‘08 for iPhone Offers Up-to-the-minute Political Info

This is a very cool app for iPhones–great for the politically addicted.

Young evangelicals

I know many of you are working hard to target young people and their position on reproductive rights and health issues.  I wanted to call your attention to some new data from GQR Research on young white evangelical Christians ages 18 – 29.

· Young evangelical Christians display generational differences on some key social issues. A majority of younger white evangelicals support some form of legal recognition for civil unions or marriage for same-sex couples. Older evangelicals remain strongly opposed. At the same time, young evangelicals are as solidly pro-life on abortion as older evangelicals.
What strikes me about this new data is that it reflects a trend we have been seeing with young people in general—they are more liberal on a range of issue such as civil unions or gay marriage, immigration, and the environment.  But a key exception is abortion, where their opinions are tracking the general population.  Other polls that show this trend include Pew’s “A Portrait of Generation Next” January 2007, and NYTimes/CBS/MTV Poll June 2007.

Since prior generations of young people tended to be more liberal than the rest of the population on abortion, I continue to reiterate my concern about young people’s opinion on abortion and see it as validation of the opportunity with this generation (they are engaged and open) and the urgent need to find ways to influence their views on reproductive rights and health issues.

Explaining social media to your boss

Just use this.

CommonCraft have a bunch of others, including social networking, RSS, and wikis.