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Tuesday, November 04, 2008

You can track the election results in real-time for the presidential, senate or house elections…or if you are reading this after the fact…see the results.

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by Joe Francica on 11/04 at 05:25 PM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

In my ‘geocentric’ world, if Google Earth didn’t excite your feelings about maps and mapping technology, then this year’s U.S. presidential election should have told you it was ‘all about the map.’ Since the summer, I’ve been blogging at our other publication, Map Hawk, about how the media uses mapping technology. Many of the maps in use by online media outlets were using Flash technology, some were on Google, and some still just static maps. Because of the nature of our red vs. blue leanings, it has been somewhat easy to identify the country’s persuasion best by putting them on a map. More so than at any time in the past, maps are the platform to more easily convey results. They technology has been there, and as CNN has so marvelously shown, the display technology has been there as well. I suspect this has changed the way the mainstream media will forever report news. It already has because of the use of Google Earth was prevalent before this, but the specificity with which the campaigns where pinpointing candidate rallies and thus the emphasis on certain states and districts, maps became both the reporting mechanism…and sometimes the news themselves.  And that’s where the use of the technology must eventually lead…much greater detail must be paid to reporting the results at the precinct level (not just county), real-time information I suspect will be more readily available as results could be reported electronically, and there will be an ever greater use of web services to support news flow. We’ve seen maps, GIS, and other forms of location technology in this cycle come to the forefront plus websites like TwitterVoteReport and other social networking platforms display geospatial information. I guess maps really are…"cool."

by Joe Francica on 11/04 at 04:50 PM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

I have to admit, if I were in school again, I actually might learn something about presidential elections by watching this YouTube video of the history of elections put to music. From 1789 to 2004…From Washington to Bush…this video traces the elections on maps…nicely done.

by Joe Francica on 11/04 at 04:22 PM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

CNN has lots of data and they are putting it up on a maps: Electoral vote tracker, poll closing times, voter problems or irregularities, and links to Google Maps to provide voters driving directions to polling places.

by Joe Francica on 11/04 at 11:37 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

VentureBeat notes that Yahoo Live, the company’s in-development experiment in real time social streaming is shutting down come December. In the same breath, MG SIEGLER notes, the Y Live Blog offers a plug for Fire Eagle at Yahoo’s Next Blog and suggests it too may not make it. Yahoo Live and Fire Eagle both came out of Yahoo’s Brickhouse, a laboratory for new apps. It’s possible that new iPhone apps that take advantage of Fire Eagle could rev up interest, but as has been pointed out to me, if Yahoo can’t figure out how to monetize Fire Eagle, as cool as it is, it’ll die.

by Adena Schutzberg on 11/04 at 07:47 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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