General Election live TV leaders’ debate – tracked by Facebook & Twitter

Tonight we shall see the first ever live televised leaders’ debate for a General Election. The broadcast will be shown on ITV between 8:30 p.m and 10p.m. and hosted by Alastair Stewart, featuring of course all 3 main party leaders, Gordon Brown, David Cameron and Nick Clegg.

ITV is using various interactive plans for viewers watching at home and online and will be gauging reaction to the debate as it happens by using “sentiment tools” to measure reactions of not only the live audience, but also Twitter users.

Tweetminster have created a tool that will follow the posts of 5,000 selected Twitter users. The tweets will be measured on a sentiment scale of 1 to 5 which will be collated to give a minute-by-minute impression of how the leaders in the debate are doing. You will see a picture of each of the leaders with an arrow next to it going up or down depending on what’s being said.

Meanwhile over on Facebook Live there’ll be a tool whereby people will be able to share comments which will not only appear on Facebook but also on the interactive online ITV site. A live stream of the debate will show a tool called “The Worm”, which will be measuring reactions of an ITV News Panel and their impressions will be shown using a “worm graph”.

An online chat will also be hosted alongside live streaming showing quotes from the leaders and commentary. Although viewers will also be able to comment, their views will be moderated. This is truly a unique step up for the social networking community as its rapidly becoming one of the biggest influences on politics today. Will you be watching the televised leaders’ debate tonight? Let us know your thoughts on this.

Source: guardian.co.uk

  • Ian Kirton

    Hi, am not a Lib Dem voter but Nick Cleg did very well in this debate, well done nick he was better than the other two.

  • Graham Cavener

    Nick Clegg didnt just come over more convincing than Labour & Conservative but never realy got challenged once by either Party you have my vote Nick & ive always voted Labour Time for a change Congratulations Nick

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