Liz Gannes

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Votizen Live Dashboard Gives Structure to Endless Streams of Political Tweets

If you’ve been following the U.S. presidential election through your social media friends, you may have gotten the sneaking suspicion that everything people say is filtered through their preexisting biases. Your conservative friends think Joe Biden is an interrupting goon. Your liberal friends think Paul Ryan made an ass of himself last night talking about reproductive rights.

That’s not changing anytime soon. But here’s a way to push through the so-called “filter bubble” to look at a broader audience and get a more qualified take on who’s saying what. The political start-up Votizen has put together a site called Votizen Live that cross-checks political tweets against voter registration records and shows what Democrat, Republican and independent voters are tweeting about.

In addition to the stream of tweets, Votizen posts live analytics about political tweet activity trends. Its latest data shows that there are more Democrat tweets altogether, but far more Republican tweets than Democrat in swing states like Florida and Ohio.

Might be a good tool to drop in on next time all the yelling muddles your brain.

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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik