FanChatter Debuts Wisconsin Budget Battle Website

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FanChatter, the Minneapolis-based mobile social fan engagement company, has created a new website highlighting the Wisconsin budget battle that gathers the many views and opinions in this historic debate and presents them all in single comprehensive social media hub. The simple site - WisconsinBudgetBattle.com - was created as a public service of FanChatter to demonstrate how its embeddable Box technology is ideal for aggregating and inspiring commentary on any subject.

Not only does FanChatter provide a unique, one-stop site for all points of view

FanChatter, the Minneapolis-based mobile social fan engagement company, has created a new website highlighting the Wisconsin budget battle that gathers the many views and opinions in this historic debate and presents them all in single comprehensive social media hub. The simple site - WisconsinBudgetBattle.com - was created as a public service of FanChatter to demonstrate how its embeddable Box technology is ideal for aggregating and inspiring commentary on any subject.

The Wisconsin Budget Battle FanChatter Box showcases an auto-updating feed of tweets and Facebook posts that best represent all views in the discussion of how best to solve Wisconsin's budget dilemma.

According to FanChatter founder Marty Wetherall, the Box was designed to curate the most relevant social media opinions and comments about the budget crisis in real-time. Included are Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker's tweets juxtaposed with those of the AFL-CIO, Twitter and Facebook comments from interested citizenry, and of course, discourse from all political spectrums: Democrat, Republican, Independent, Tea Party, and more. All are brought together and updated automatically in almost face-to-face mediation.

"Not only does FanChatter provide a unique, one-stop site for all points of view," said Wetherall, "the Box also invites visitors to sign in and post their own points of view back to their Facebook and Twitter pages. That content contains a link back to WisconsinBudgetBattle.com, so the more activity the site inspires, the more visitors it attracts."

The FanChatter Box also offers a mobile view optimized for iPhones, iPads, and Android devices so citizens can follow the latest Wisconsin news and commentary on the go.

According to Wetherall, the Box is being used by a growing number of customers, including the Country Music Association, Minnesota Timberwolves, the University of Minnesota, RunnerSpace.com for USA Track & Field, and most recently, E! Online during its coverage of the Oscars, Grammys, and Golden Globe Awards. FanChatter boxes about the budget battles in other states are also in the works.

"Someday every site will work like this, bringing in all the relevant social conversation about a given subject and inviting visitors to interact and contribute content in real-time from any device, " said Wetherall in his blog. "It's how the Web was intended, and FanChatter makes it readily available today."

About FanChatter

FanChatter is an early stage startup that offers a platform for media properties, sports teams, and other organizations and websites to achieve a more profitable level of fan engagement. It was a Y Combinator-funded startup in 2009, the first such company originating from Minneapolis, Minn. Its customers include E! Online, the Minnesota Twins (MLB), the Minnesota Timberwolves (NBA), the Country Music Association, and several others.

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