Twitter used their blog this morning to get their users tweeting about tonight’s South Carolina GOP Primary Debates (9pm, Fox).
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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.