The Great Political Social Media Debate; Counting Each Comment, Samepoint Keeps Score

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As the political race is being played out across the country, nowhere is the discourse more intense than across the social media landscape. To keep track of all the discussions about the candidates, Samepoint.com, the conversational search engine, has launched http://www.samepoint.com/election.html, a real-time score-board that keeps track of the comment count on Republican candidates John McCain and VP nominee Sarah Palin vs. the Democratic candidates Barack Obama and running mate Joe Biden.

Social media is playing an increasingly important part in our lives and communities. Naturally, that would spill into politics. Just like the ale houses of revolutionary days, social media provides a safe haven where issues are debated, thoughts exchanged, and a few insults slung

Samepoint.com has been tracking millions of conversations, taking place across hundreds of thousands of the most influential blogs and social media sites.

These conversations are being continuously monitored for mentions of the four candidates. Comment scores for each candidate are dynamically updated. The combined scores are based on actual comment count, and not on sentiment of those comments.

Samepoint.com's election subsite also allows for easy browsing of the comments. The comment threads are organized by point-under-discussion and most commented. In addition to top political blogs, Samepoint also monitors micro-blogging platforms such as Twitter, popular social news sites, such as Digg and Delicious, video sites such as YouTube and Truveo, and discussion boards from Yahoo, Yelp and many other popular services.

"Social media is playing an increasingly important part in our lives and communities. Naturally, that would spill into politics. Just like the ale houses of revolutionary days, social media provides a safe haven where issues are debated, thoughts exchanged, and a few insults slung," commented Richard Krueger, Samepoint Chief Conversations Officer.

"We're living in an age of user-generated influence, where anyone can have a voice. If these voices, aggregated across the most popular online communities, could provide us with a social media barometer, maybe we'll know which way the wind will blow during this extremely close election," added Krueger.

Could the Palin affect help McCain out-comment social networking celebrity, Team Obama?

To see who's currently winning in the great social media debate, tune into http://www.samepoint.com/election.html -- and add a comment while you're at it.

About Samepoint, Inc.

Headquartered in Manhattan, Samepoint, Inc. is a leader in conversational search. The company has indexed millions of conversations taking place across major social media outlets. The company offers a suite of tools for organizing and consuming the discourse. For more information, visit the company's web site at http://www.samepoint.com, or contact us at 1.877.521.5635 or press @ samepoint.com.

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