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Election 2012

A look back at the most social election ever [video]

To think that a few elections ago there was no Twitter, Facebook, memes or trends the way we know them today is hard to fathom. While the election seems like a distant thought at this point the impact it had on social TV was enormous. Here’s CNN’s recap video on how social TV changed the way they covered the election. Read more

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TV networks see record breaking traffic to websites during election night

Just about a year ago, Lost Remote’s Cory Bergman pointed out that TV sites should turn into second screens. A year later, TV networks have taken this advice and are now seeing record breaking results to their main dot coms. Election night was proof of that and here’s why. Read more

President Obama wins election, tweets before giving speech on TV

President Barack Obama has been re-elected bringing an end to a long and grueling battle between the president and former Governor Mitt Romney. At 11:18, after some magical swipes by CNN’s John King on their magical election wall, the network declared the President Obama had won the electoral votes he needed to get re-elected. Three minutes earlier, the president declared victory with a signature “-bo” tweet. Read more

Fox News and Twitter team up to report on election night

Election day is finally here. The next 24 hours will unleash a plethora of information across the social web that might often be hard to understand. On November 1st, Twitter launched a new political engagement map, which they described here. Tonight, the social platform is teaming up with Fox News “to bring viewers the latest on Twitter and other data analytics, first on FOX.” We interviewed Fox News anchor Jenna Lee about how the network is planning to use social TV throughout the day. Read more

Viewers using Peel app predict Obama will top election

During the debates, Peel’s app enabled viewers with Samsung tablets to “cheer” and “boo” in real-time with the candidates. Peel said it reported 1.5 million interactions during the debates — 4,200 per minute — with Obama scoring 2.4 cheers for each boo and Romney coming out even. The app also polled viewers on their intended votes, divided down by state, and Obama came away with 285 electoral votes (with three undecided states) for the win.

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Bringing your social graph to TV, meet Stevie

Stevie, a Tel Aviv-based startup has a mission to change the way we consume social on TV. The company, which “turns your Facebook and Twitter into a beautiful television experience,” launched at TechCrunch Disrupt is announcing a big partnership today to bring their service to more devices. We spoke with CEO and Founder Yael Givon. Read more

An inside look at CNN’s election social TV success

Hurricane Sandy is still dominating news coverage, but the election is still rumbling our way as well. CNN has had tremendous success this election cycle that has put them at the top of Trendrr’s social leader board for all three presidential debates and the veep debate (more than ten networks aired these debates). We spoke with Steve Krakauer the  Senior Digital Producer CNN/US about the strategy that led to this success.  Read more

Social TV results from the third presidential debate

The third debate concluded on Monday evening providing another serving of massive social TV data. Twitter, Bluefin Labs, SnappyTV and more were all reporting on the results and what we can learn from the social web. The interesting analysis will probably come after the election takes place, but for now here are the highlights from the third debate on foreign policy. Read more

Trendrr secures patent for data processing methods

Trendrr has made a big announcement today, one that is sure to help their services grow in the long term. The social TV analytics company has announced that “the United States Patent and Trademark Office has awarded the company U.S. Patent No. 8,271,429, which protects the data collection and web-based display methods.” Their release goes onto explain that “the patent, entitled ‘System and method for collecting and processing data,’ protects Trendrr’s intuitive, turnkey enterprise technology solution, which solves the problem of processing, understanding and leveraging social data around television.” We spoke with CEO Mark Ghuneim about what this means for his company and about the unique ways they tracked the debates by looking at attribution by network. Read more

How CNN and SnappyTV created social TV producers for the debates

Debate season is in full force and social TV continues to define viewers reactions to these broadcasted spectacles. In our preview of the first election we wrote about CNN allowing viewers to become live TV producers by giving viewers the opportunity to clip and share their favorite moments in real-time. SnappyTV is the social TV technology platform that has made this possible for both the first presidential debate and tonight’s veep debate. The company has just released an infographic visualizing tonight’s debate and snaps. We also learned more about how this forward-thinking partnership with CNN works. Read more