As technology changes, so do important life events — like an election.
For me, things like twitter, flickr, and twittervotereport.com have significantly impacted my election year experience.
For someone who has only been moderately interested in politics throughout the past 3 elections or so, this year was certainly a change of pace.
Part of my personal increase in interest is certainly due to our current economic situation, but a very large part is a result of my increased interested in new media technologies like twitter & flickr.
Sure, these services have been around and have begun pervading day to day life just a bit more each week, but being able to follow along with friends who went (spur of the moment) to last nights rally in Manassas, and getting to experience their thoughts through twitter and their sights through flickr added a new level of election related interaction for me.
Add being able to participate in real-time voting location reporting, via twittervotereport.com and I’m hooked — both on elections, as well as these new social media applications.
To those nay-sayers who think twitter is just a new way to quickly post ultra personal information to thousands across the internet — you’re right.
But I put forth that in certain situations, that type of powerful and efficient communication tool isn’t necessarily a bad thing.