As of this writing, “Four more years” has been re-tweeted almost 900,000 times and favorited by almost 300,000 people. Here’s what the tweet reveals about social branding:
Time to play spot the political meme: The Guardian’s graphic novel captures each twist, turn, and gaffe that defined the 2012 presidential race.
Do you know your POTUS? These cute videos may help you out.
(Illustration by Bigshot Toyworks)
These three elections might matter most to the Valley.
“Voters who vote by mail are not able to use ballot checking technologies. They may make a simple mistake. There may be a stray ink mark. The ink may smear when it’s stuck in the envelope.“
A political campaign website has a singular purpose: vacuum up personal information and donations. How they do it is a matter of priorities. Content-heavy sites are slow to load and expensive to operate; running one in a cost-conscious manner means eliminating unnecessary server requests, tracking user behavior, optimizing every interaction, and shaving kilobytes off pages. So who does it better, Barack Obama or Mitt Romney? The answer could provide yet another clue into how effective each man would be leading the country’s economic recovery. A side-by-side comparison reveals that neither site is perfect—and that they are not very similar
A set of maps from NPR’s Adam Cole tell the story of the 2012 election using a software that distorts the states based on election spending.
A new survey finds that Americans don’t think either Obama or Romney will make their lives better.
LIVE-GIFFING THE 2012 DEBATES!
This Wednesday evening marks the first presidential debate for the 2012 American elections. Elevating the discourse as only Tumblr can, we’ll have a crack team of GIF artists cranking out instant animations of the best debate moments, from zingers to gaffes to awkward silences. Flooding the GIF zone will be our own Topherchris, as well as Bobby Finger, Lacey Micallef, and Mr. GIF. And joining us to further enhance our coverage will be Election blog guest editor Adam Gabbatt, whose liveblog at the Guardian will bring you the full stories behind the GIFs
The place to take it all in will be the purpose-built Gifwich live-GIFfing blog. Fair warning: Follow Gifwich at your own risk! After all, once each debate begins, your Dashboard could be flooded with animations on a minute-to-minute basis. Your mileage may vary, but if you prefer to just sample the flow, perhaps check out Gifwich directly during the debate and reblog your favorites piecemeal. You can even sample curated real-time selections from the Guardian’s liveblog or Tumblr’s official Election blog.
All debates (and our Gifwich GIF coverage) begin at 9pm Eastern Time:
- Wednesday, October 3 - Presidential debate on domestic policy
- Thursday, October 11 - Vice-presidential debate on foreign and domestic policy
- Tuesday, October 16 - Presidential town meeting on foreign and domestic policy
- Monday, October 22 - Presidential debate on foreign policy
A historic moment in the evolution of the GIF, which turned 25 this year…
See also: http://www.ismittromneythepresident.com?
The Guardian’s interactive team—the same team that produced, among other visual feats, the rolling history of the Arab uprisings and a Facebook-linked gay rights wheel (which co-won a prize for explanatory reporting at the Online News Association awards last weekend)—is out with a new election project which features a whimsical, animated, and easy-to-understand balloon UI.