My experience live blogging the CNN/YouTube Debates
Politics 2.0: Blogging about Liveblogging the CNN Debates
I initially started the evening liveblogging on Twitter, but after hearing Baratunde suggest a move to Tech President, I thought I would check it out. You can find my take on the CNN/YouTube debates here.
Wow! Coverit Live was very cool. It was the real deal Holyfield. I think around 57 people in the chat room at a time with a total of around 120 over the evening. Techpresident with the help of Meebo/Coverit Live hosted a great chat (with about 5-15 second delay to ensure a PG-13 experience. I actually have no idea what the criteria was used and no censored comments.) All seemed generally pleased with the experience. It was not unlike my experience with Campfire. I will say I liked the campfire experience better, because it was more real time. However, given that Tech President had some small monicrum of party diversity–that added significantly to the exchange. The Tech President Meebo/CoveritLive setup didn’t even require a login. (although I don’t think that applies across the board–there is a registration to even check it out on the site.) So presidential debate + live chat…especially with folks that know politics….is pretty sweet.
If you are thinking of liveblogging an event–particuarly in a group–Coverit Live provides great conversation and interaction and even seems to provide more direct interaction than Twitter. (oh…and according to their website…Cover It is free of charge).
If I wanted the info for later, I could have just posted it into a Word Document or a rather large blog post (or series of posts). To me, that seems even more flexible than Twitter.
So what are your thoughts about the debate? You can check out mine and others’ takes on the YouTube/CNN Republican Debates here.