BY Patrick Ruffini | Tuesday, April 22 2008
The use of Twitter as a discovery vehicle for raw political intelligence takes another step today with Election Journal, a project by Republican election watchdog Mike Roman. The site is using Twitter, Flickr, and Google Maps to cover primary election day in Philadelphia, with Twittering correspondents stationed around the city.
Anyone who's worked a few election days in Philly knows how colorful things can get. Violence, intimidation, broken machines, and officials denied entry into polling places are par for the course. With more than 1,600 precincts in the city alone, it's difficult to get a handle on it all. Here's hoping a little technology-enabled citizen journalism can bring some much needed transparency to election day.