Election Wave Ready to Crash?

With the U.S. presidential election hours away, we’re a blink-of-an-eye away from putting this one in the books. The 2008 race for the White House spawned a record number of new political blogs, and in turn, a record number of readers.

My question is this: Will these blogs have legs after the race is over?

I realize this is a general question, and that will be dictated by the bloggers ability to captivate/maintain their audience. But it seems like things will come to a climax tomorrow night as people live-blog coverage.

Will blog readers then roll over and light a cigarette?

I’d love to hear if the election cycle turned you on to any new blogs. If so, feel free to share them in the comments section below and let us know if you’ll still continue to read once a new president is selected.

Election Day 2008: The Best Blogs and Social Media Resources


barack-obama-talking-with-john-mccainUpdate 1 Nov 2008: We’ve added several links. Thanks to Jackie Sheeler for making the first suggestion. Feel free to add more in the comments!

The 2008 US presidential election will be over in about 100 hours (unless Florida can’t make up its mind again).

There are, in fact, other elections as well next Tuesday. But of course we all know the real battle is Obama vs. Palin – er, McCain.

Without further ado (and before the comment firestorm begins below), The Blog Herald presents the best blogosphere and social media destinations to track Election Day 2008, in no particular order:

1. CNN Political TickerYes, it’s a mainstream media site. But it’s also a blog. The differences are so blurry now in 2008 anyway. :) It’s common to see hundreds of comments on a post here as Election Day approaches. You can subscribe to twice-daily email alerts if you don’t want the barrage of zero-hour coverage to disturb your day off from work. Bias: Obama. [Read more…]

Presidential Debate Cranks Up Twitter Stats

No surprise here, but the recent debate means more Twitter activity. Twitter reports that they had a 160% tweet increase compared to the same time the previous week, and that the daily update was up 18.5%. More stats in the Twitter blog post. The same also tells us that they’re polishing the Election page we’ve mentioned previously.

Wired’s Epicenter blog gets to wrap this up:

Predictions for Thursday’s VP debate? Sarah Palin tweets crash the site in record time.

Digg Dialogg Goes Live, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi the First Victim

Digg is rolling out their Digg Dialogg service, which basically is a Q&A with select people, where the questions are submitted by the Digg users, and then dugg up or down, with the winning ones behind actually asked. It is Digg for questions to a specific person, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi at the moment. Kevin Rose explains:

The concept is simple – we identify a featured guest that you will be able to submit questions to (text or video) which the Digg community Diggs up or down. We’ll pose the top questions to the guest during a live interview. Featured guests will represent thought leaders and tastemakers across diverse topics including technology luminaries, environmentalists, entrepreneurs, musicians and filmmakers.

The Digg Dialogg is part of Digg’s coverage of the US presidential election, and a partnership with CNN’s iReport. It is likely that Digg Dialogg will stick around after the election is over as well.

Presidential Hopeful McCain Gets New Blog

This morning, Techcrunch wonders aloud if Google Trends can predict the upcoming U.S. presidential election.

We’re not sure if the number of searches for a candidates’ name is indicative of electoral success, but we do know that the Web can help shape today’s political landscape.

In the McCain vs. Obama battle, it is clear that Barack’s camp has been able to utilize the Web in ways other candidates have only been able to dream of up until this point. And with about 100 years separating the two men, Johnny M. is doing his part to see the fact that he is ‘hip.’ To that point, the presidential candidate has launched The McCain Report, a new daily blog that communicates with supporters, reporters and bloggers (maybe critics too).

According to the McCain Website:

The goal of this project is pretty straightforward: to provide journalists and bloggers with a little more insight into what’s going on over here, to provide quotes and information you won’t be able to get anywhere else, and to serve as a point of contact for online media.

You can check out The McCain Report here.

55 Bloggers Get Political Credentials for DNC

As we told you last month, the Democrats are giving select bloggers access to be on the floor of the national convention in Denver this summer. Fifty-five lucky bloggers have been chosen. Here’s the full list of “State Blogger Corps”:

ALASKA: Celtic Diva’s Blue Oasis: divasblueoasis.blogspot.com

ALABAMA: Doc’s Political Parlor: www.politicalparlor.net

ARKANSAS: Under The Dome.com: www.underthedome.com

ARIZONA: Ted Prezelski – Rum, Romanism and Rebellion: www.rumromanismrebellion.net

CALIFORNIA: Calitics: Calitics.com

COLORADO: SquareState.net: squarestate.net

CONNECTICUT: My Left Nutmeg: myleftnutmeg.com

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: DCist.com: dcist.com

DELAWARE: TommyWonk: tommywonk.blogspot.com/

DEMOCRATS Abroad: Democrats Abroad Argentina: www.yanquimike.com.ar

FLORIDA: Florida Progressive Coalition: flaprogressives.org

GEORGIA: Tondee’s Tavern: www.tondeestavern.com

GUAM: No Rest for the Awake – Minagahet Chamorro: minagahet.blogspot.com

HAWAII: iLind.net: Ian Lind Online: www.ilind.net

IOWA: The Iowa Independent: iowaindependent.com

IDAHO: 43rdStateBlues.com: www.43rdstateblues.com

ILLINOIS: Prairie State Blue: www.PrairieStateBlue.com

KANSAS: EverydayCitizen.com: everydaycitizen.com

KENTUCKY: BlueGrassRoots: www.bluegrassroots.org

LOUISIANA: Daily Kingfish: www.dailykingfish.com

MASSACHUSETTS: Blue Mass. Group: www.bluemassgroup.com

MARYLAND: The Center for Emerging Media: www.centerforemergingmedia.com

MAINE: Turn Maine Blue: www.turnmaineblue.com

MICHIGAN: Blogging For Michigan: bloggingformichigan.com

MINNESOTA: Minnesota Monitor: minnesotamonitor.com

MISSISSIPPI: The Natchez Blog: natchezms.blogspot.com

MISSOURI: Fired Up! LLC: www.firedupmissouri.com

MONTANA: Left in the West: www.leftinthewest.com

NORTH CAROLINA: BlueNC.com: bluenc.com

NORTH DAKOTA: NorthDecoder.com: www.northdecoder.com

NEBRASKA: New Nebraska Network: www.NewNebraska.net

NEW HAMPSHIRE: Blue Hampshire: www.bluehampshire.com

NEW JERSEY: PolitickerNJ.com: www.politickernj.com

NEW MEXICO: Democracy for New Mexico: www.DemocracyForNewMexico.com

NEVADA: Las Vegas Gleaner: www.lasvegasgleaner.com

NEW YORK: Room 8: www.r8ny.com

OHIO: Ohio Daily Blog: www.ohiodailyblog.com

OKLAHOMA: DemoOkie: www.DemoOkie.com

OREGON: BlueOregon (blog): www.blueoregon.com

PENNSYLVANIA: Keystone Politics: www.keystonepolitics.com

PUERTO RICO: Jusiper: jusiper.blogspot.com

RHODE ISLAND: Rhode Island’s Future: www.rifuture.org

SOUTH CAROLINA: CracktheBell.com: www.crackthebell.com

SOUTH DAKOTA: Badlands Blue: www.badlandsblue.com

TENNESSEE: KnoxViews/TennViews: www.knoxviews.com

TEXAS: Burnt Orange Report: www.BurntOrangeReport.com

UTAH: The Utah Amicus: utahamicus.com

VIRGINIA: Raising Kaine: www.raisingkaine.com

VIRGIN ISLANDS: Democratic Party of the US Virgin Islands: groups.yahoo.com/group/democratvi

VERMONT: Green Mountain Daily: greenmountaindaily.com

WASHINGTON: HorsesAss.org: www.horsesass.org

WISCONSIN: Uppity Wisconsin: www.uppitywis.org

WEST VIRGINIA: West Virginia Blue: www.wvablue.com

WYOMING: Hummingbirdminds blog: hummingbirdminds.blogspot.com