by Meagan Dorsch
Right before kickoff of the Super Bowl game on Sunday, I logged onto NCSL's Twitter account to quickly check our messages. It took me one second to notice that people were already talking about the big game, predicting the score and taunting fans of the opposite team. Very similar to what I saw on election night! But several Twitter postings caught my eye regarding a map at The New York Times.
Before I talk about this map, let me explain Twitter. It's a micro-blogging site that is the latest social media craze. You get 140 characters per "tweet", or post, which is very similar to a text message. You can also follow other people, organizations, government agencies, legislatures and businesses on Twitter. Your tweets get posted on-line or can be synced up with your cell phone. According to Search Engine Guide.com, there are over 6 million users on Twitter. We have seen this social media site become a hub of communication during big events such as the Presidential debates, election night and the Super Bowl.
Now, back to the map. You can relive the magic and coolness that many of us found on Sunday! Here is a link to the NY Times map that shows the location and frequency of commonly used words in Super Bowl related messages. I hope we can see this same type of technology used during the next round of political coverage, especially when it comes to state legislative elections and ballot measures.