Twitter used their blog this morning to get their users tweeting about tonight’s South Carolina GOP Primary Debates (9pm, Fox).
In addition, Twitter and Fox has teamed up to make the debate a bit more interactive. They are asking viewers to tweet “(candidate’s name) #dodge” when a candidate doges a question or “(candidate’s name) #answer” when they feel a candidate answered the question.
There should be a third option “(candidate’s name) #ramblingincoherently,” but I digress.
The #dodge/#answer tweets will be displayed during the debate on live.foxnews.com.
Having worked on countless political campaigns in my past life, I am a bit skeptical about how much the #dodge/#answer exercise will tell us about the debate. I am sure each campaign has field staff huddled right now to figure out how they will use staff and volunteers to flood Twitter with #answer tweets for their candidate and #dodge for their opponent(s).
The real winner will be Twitter. Any exercise that spurs significant tweeting activity is good for the social network.