A post from NetworkWorld.com recent grabbed my attention with the headline, "Mobile campaigns to be hot in 2012 presidential race." While this shouldn't come as a surprise to many, the piece included some interesting and noteworthy stats from Bill Dudley, group director of product management at mobile services company, Sybase365. He noted, "80% of one of the strongest voting blocs -- people from age 18 to 40 -- is using SMS, and about 50% of those users are on smartphones." While social media seemed to be the star force of the 2008 election, mobile has the opportunity for both candidates and news organizations to provide a unique experience to connect, engage and curate election 2012 news. More importantly once a candidate is connected through mobile, it allows for push notifications whether they be updates or customized alerts to supporters and potential voters. While it's still early in the season, we thought we'd start a list of apps to follow. Some are informative and others more fun for those political junkies out there:
A new Washington Post web app that tracks the Presidential candidates social mentions and spikes so you can analyze possible future trends.
Created by Learning Cubed, LLC, this offbeat series of political apps designed to demystify presidential candidate speak. "We collect a candidate's thinking, add context and with the help of the iPad lay all this information at the voter's fingertips where they can read, absorb and share it," says founder Roy Selig. "It's an extremely efficient way to get to know a presidential candidate." At 99 cents each, you can download "Says Romney", "Says Gingrich", "Says Cain" or "Says Perry".
From Times Publishing Company's Pulitzer winning site, Politifact.com, comes an app that include a “Truth-O-Meter” to track if if candidates or political communities are delivering “True,” “Mostly True,” Half True,” “Mostly False” or “Pants on Fire" statement. The app also includes a Truth Index and Report Card to assess credibility that you can enjoy yourself or share with family and friends who you want to prove wrong. How's that for political fact checking?