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More Ways to Watch the Conventions and Elections Online

BY Miranda Neubauer | Thursday, August 23 2012

CNN/Time Floorpass App

More news organizations and technology companies announced election related online services today, as CNN and Time launched their Convention Floor Pass app, and Microsoft announced its Election 2012 Hub on Xbox Live.

Social media becomes more entwined with daily life all the time, so it's easy to call this year's conventions the "most social ever." The efforts outlined so far are long on things to watch while short on ways to meaningfully participate — although given the nature of the conventions, which many big-name politicians are not attending, that might have less to do with the applications and more to do with the events they've been built to augment.

The Floor Pass application was developed for Time Warner by Carnival Labs Limited and is available for Android, for iOS, and on the web at floorpass.time.com. The Xbox application will offer a voter registration tool through Rock the Vote and partnerships with YouGov and NBC News.

Floor Pass offers a multimedia library of convention speeches, a calendar of events, maps and local information, and social tabs that let users check Twitter, check in on Foursquare, or submit video to CNN's i-Report site.

The Xbox hub will launch Monday, Aug. 27, and will allow users to interact in real-time throughout the presidential debates, and access live feeds from the conventions, according to a press release. Xbox Live members will also have the chance to respond to poll questions during the debates and other election events.

The National Journal, The Atlantic and Microsoft are are working together to organize "Conversations with the Next Generation" youth town halls in Tampa, Fla., on Aug. 29 and in Charlotte, N.C., on Sept. 5, that will be featured through the Election Hub. Event moderators include NBC's Chuck Todd and Chelsea Clinton, who will lead interviews, panel discussions and audience Q&As focused on the youth vote, education, and the future of America's economy. Users will also be able to access voter registration information and local voter information through Rock the Vote, as well as video content on major issues sponsored by Face the Facts USA, a nonpartisan, independently funded research initiative supported by George Washington University.

The Xbox hub will also include daily polls weighted to reflect the Xbox community and likely voters.

Earlier, YouTube launched its Elections 2012 Hub, curating content from sources like ABC News, Buzzfeed and the Wall Street Journal. The YouTube Elections Hub will also include live coverage of the conventions, the debates, and election night.

The Huffington Post plans to offer "Shadow Conventions," featuring content focused on the war on drugs, the influence of money in politics, and poverty. That content will be "splashed" over various sections of its website, Mashable reported.

“You’ll literally go to the Huffington Post and have 20 different verticals with drug war splashes at the same time,” said Roy Sekoff, president and co-creator of HuffPost Live, and founding editor of the Huffington Post. “It’s very powerful. I don’t think there are any other media organizations that can do that with the same breadth.”