Whether you're a political junkie or someone just starting to pay attention to next month's presidential election, tonight's first debate between President Barack Obama and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney is sure to provide tons of conversation fodder. And Twitter wants to be right in the middle of it.
Already, Twitter has dispatched members of its @gov team to Denver, where they plan to monitor the debate from up close and keep track of how the massive Twitter user base responds to each and every barb, attack, evasion, and even the occasional thoughtful answer. And to help Twitter users corral all that information, plus the opinions and reactions of some of the world's most notable politicians and pundits, the company today launched its dedicated Debates page.
"Whether you're watching at home or on the go, you can see how the rest of the country is reacting on Twitter," the company wrote in a blog post today. "We've launched twitter.com/#debates to give you an easy way to keep up with journalists, political pundits, campaign staffers, elected officials, and other voters' reactions to the candidates' answers in real time. Our team on the ground here in Denver will be tweeting out interesting data points that occur throughout the night. So keep an eye on @gov and we'll see you tonight -- on Twitter."
This isn't the first time Twitter has launched a dedicated page like this. It produced similar pages for both of this year's major political conventions.
And Twitter isn't alone in dedicating real estate to the debates. YouTube said earlier this week that it plans special streaming coverage of the debates as well.