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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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
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
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.
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
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