The following post - Twitter Presidential Debates: Sept 26 – provides information on anyone with a Twitter account can become a political analyst and can rate the candidates on their performance in the upcoming debates.
Here are the rules – reproduced from Jeremiah’s blog.
You’re the judge! In your opinion, score points to the two candidates and tweet it
A) Score the candidates ability to debate
Using twitter, you can score the candidates with this handy scoring guide.
-3 for a personal attack
-2 for a false statement
-1 for avoiding the issue, or not answering the question
+1 for a successful assertion
+2 for a successful counterpoint to opponents assertion
+3 Quotable sound bite
B) Use Twitter to tell the world (use the hash tag)
Example: A proper tweet is: “Mccain +1 for articulating his energy policy #tweetdebate”
Example: A proper tweet is: “Obama -3 for calling McCain an old fart #tweetdebate”
Example: A proper tweet is: “Mccain +3 for great line: “It’s the economy stupid” #tweetdebate”
C) See what everyone else is saying
A good practice is to open another tab on your browser, and watch what others are saying on twitter search, tagged with the keyword #tweetdebate.
D) After the Debate, Tally your score
At the end of the debate, count up your score, your twitter handle, then leave a comment on this post.
My twitter handle is http://twitter.com/jowyang
Obama scored a total +25 and McCain scored a total of +26
Then soak in your glory of being a true armchair political analyst (and argue the scoring of the other twitter pundits)