You’ve found The Crowdwire, an effort to understand how social media are changing politics. Beginning in late summer 2012, we analyzed the social response to the U.S. presidential election, including the conventions, debates and other key events. The results are shown here, exactly as they were published during the campaign season
The Crowdwire was created by Bluefin Labs, a technology company that grew out of research conducted at the MIT Media Lab. Bluefin developed sophisticated language-based tools to make sense of the social response to televised content. We used those same tools to learn what people were saying about the presidential candidates and the issues.
To check out our work, just scroll down or browse the archive. In addition, all of our subject tags are listed below. Click on any one to see all the posts on that topic in chronological order.
The Crowdwire was a non-commercial, non-partisan project. Our goal was to make a contribution to the public discourse about politics and policy. We tracked public comments only. Since the Twitter conversation is predominantly public, and Facebook largely private, most of our data came from Twitter.
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