Twitter Changing The Face Of Politics For Students
UNO Students Take To Twitter During DebatePhoto: Video by kmtv.com
Millions of Twitter users were tweeting away as the two candidates sparred over foreign issues. The topic may be deep but the tweets were short and sweet. Freshman Bridget Hames says, "That's like the number one source of our information. That's where we get everything that we learn comes from social media."
About 60 students took part in the school's third debate watch. The key, not to just watch and listen but to put those thoughts into the world of social media. Sophomore Jackson Booth says, "If you look up on the board, it's just completely different. Obviously this 50 years ago that never happened where you just have an immediate forum for people to basically voice their opinions."
During the first debate, more than 10-million tweets were sent out in a 90-minute period. It's pretty impressive and experts say, it could one day even be an indication of who will win . Junior Rae Lynn Forgge says "It's like an explosion of communication right now going on. In years past, I know people were so apathetic about the debates, they weren't even watching them or talking about them." That's wasn't the case. Students were talking and tweeting and perhaps learning from their peers about topics that are hard to digest.
Hames says, "Peers break it down for me. They put it into layman's terms. It's a lot easier for me." According to Votertide, a local social media tracking company that tracks social media nationally, five million tweets were sent out during the debate. Trending topics, horses and bayonets. During the debate the Obama campaign created a hash-tag for that phrase. There were more tweets about Romney, most of them are jokes.