Posts Tagged ‘election 2008’

Election Maps


^ That map is like a scary nightmare for the Republicans. What is it? The red and blue districts from Tuesdays election warped to represent population. Jump to see more election maps>>

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Via Torrentfreak, Obama’s speech was a hit on bitTorrent.

Noteworthy quote from the post:

Interest in the speech was not simply limited to the United States. A more detailed look at the geographical location of the people who downloaded the file via BitTorrent, shows that more than half of them come from outside the United States. However, the remaining 46.2% is a significantly greater share for US downloaders than for the average TV-show release.

Check it out.


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Quick post to point you to¬† Twitter’s blog, which just posted some stats from yesterday.


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Just a few interesting photos from yesterday on Flickr. Click here to go to some more pics.







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Randi Zuckerberg, sis to Mark and director of Market Development, in a blog post, gives us some interesting numbers about Facebook users and the election:

Election Stats

I’d like to believe Facebook helped mobilize several people to show up in 2008’s election. 15 million users voted, and I think this is just beginning. With Facebook’s help, we should never expect to see a low voter turn out from young people.

“Most Viral Tool” will have to the causes application. 1.7 million people opted into this activity within 24 hours before the election. The users choose to change his or her status to show they are joining the cause, and the app places a link on the status to prompt others to join this cause. It’s future viral capacity is impressive.

UPDATE: Facebook Lexicon Shows HUGE spike in wall posts about Barack. Not surprising, but look at that huge spike.


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My two favorite are the tweets from The Onion.

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Huffington Post offers this breakdown of voters by age:

Ohio Results

It’s interesting to note how every category sans the 65+ group went to Obama in Ohio. Once this state was called, it was over.

Here is a screenshot from the winning page BarackObama.com:

President Barack Obama

Here is McCain’s page with VERY LITTLE change (the developers just included a video of his remarks.) Obama’s website now gives visitors the chance to contribute to the RNC, but McCain’s website has yet to make these additions. I’m guessing the developers are worn out after a long day.



So now we have our next president, and the tech community needs to be optimistic about an Obama administration. For one, he has always been a fighter for net neutrality. His call for net neutrality is even in his book The Audacity of Hope.

We must also expect his administration to hold its promise to give government back to the people through technology. The huge coalition from this election should expect to see his text messaging and social network presence used to tackle his agenda.


Trend Snapshot Nov 5

Google Trends, as of 3:31 AM, shows us that McCain’s concession speech became the volcanic topic of the day. It also appears that David Plouffe has gained some attention. People across the country are up late waiting for the results of Prop 8, which was leaning YES an hour ago. Obama mentioned Ann Nixon Cooper in his speech, and this has inspired some googling. Overall, Obama’s speech got the least attention and third place behind Obama’s campaign director Plouffe and McCain’s concession speech.

Some of you might have noticed that “Uncle Tom” is a search term. And it might be related to two different types of stories: 1) The People of Natchitoches, Louisiana, where Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin is set, awaited the results of whether we had elected the first African American president. Or 2) it could’ve been Ralph Nader’s remarks this evening. Both were stories on major news outlets, but I’m going to vote for the latter as the cause.


Diggs about Barack’s presidency have brought in the hugest numbers on the social bookmarking site. 31K plus diggs from Barack voters + two other posts honored with K beside the number of diggs:




It’s been an interesting day, and I thank everyone that voted in his historic hard fought election. We should be thankful for 4 great candidates with 4 families that embody our hopes and dreams.

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When Ralph Nader announced his candidacy for president many pundits said it would be the most irrelevant campaign, citing that Barack’s candidacy was a more realistic representation of Nader’s values. Meaning if you were going to vote Nader, you were probably voting Barack to make a difference.

Well Google Trends shows us that “Ralph Nader” was still a popular search term:

Trends Nader

You’ll notice the huge spike when he announced his candidacy, and then a period of lost interest. But Nader suddenly gains in August. This might be because of his weird ads, including the one about Obama’s missing nuts.

Let’s compare him to the other two stars, Barack and Sarah:

///Barack Obama///

Trends Barack

///Sarah Palin///

Trends Sarah

It’s interesting that we don’t see many people trying to find info on Sarah Palin in general.

Of course, we have huge spikes when the search term is “Palin Couric”:

Palin Couric

And this all points to one hypothesis: towards the end of this election, some Americans became very interested in taking a second look at Ralph Nader.

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I just read on Boing Boing that radio station WFMU’s website had a contest to transform that awkward photo of McCain from the 3rd debate. You know, the one that makes him look like a zombie:


Here is one result:


If you’re ready for the most bizarre pics, click the moshing McCain to jump to the WFMU’s contest page.

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Black Panthers

Today’s hottest trend on Google is the search term “Black Panthers.” Fox News broke a story about two men in Black Panther attire intimidating voters at the University of Pennsylvania. At the speed of light, an internet rumor began circulating today that Black Panthers have been appearing at other polling places to intimidate white voters.

So people are curious for the truth today.

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