Anthony DeRosa, social media lead at Reuters, as recently interviewed Adam Sharp, government liaison at Twitter.com, on the use of Twitter on the campaign trail and how it has turned the 24-hours news cycle into a 140 characters news cycle. Here are a few sound bites from the 3:00 minutes video:
Sharp observes that Twitter is now used to return to “retail politics” where the candidates have a direct connection to potential voters, personally introduce themselves and ask for votes.
A recent experiment with Fox News showed that Twitter can be used as a signal to measure public reaction to the presidential debates. The news station asked viewers to use the Twitter hashtags #dodge if the candidates did not answer the question, or the hashtag #answer if they had the impression that the candidate answered the question they were asked. The campaign teams were able to watch in real-time what the sentiments of their potential voters were toward their own candidate. It provides them with new insights that would have otherwise been massaged and edited as part of the 24-hours news cycle (going through the writing, editing, proofing, printing/uploading process), or campaign managers and press secretaries spinning of messages.
Here is the link to the video on YouTube: