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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While nearly all voters (92%) followed election returns on TV, just over one-quarter (27%) of them followed the results simultaneously on TV and the web on election night, according to a new study by the Pew Research Center. For those under the age of 40, the number of “dual screeners” jumped to 39%. If you ask us, that’s a surprisingly high number; most second-screen studies just measure proximity — if people are on their devices while the TV is on — but these numbers illustrate true simultaneous engagement.
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.
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
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