The Internet Turns Out For US Election Day 2012: Resources & Info

It’s election day in the United States, and there’s plenty of internet-related activity going on related to today’s polls. Below, a recap of things being done by Google, Facebook, Bing, Foursquare, Yahoo and other companies, as well as what people themselves are doing.

Where To Vote & Voting Hours

One of the current hot topics on Google Trends is “where do I vote,” generated by all those people who are trying to figure out where to cast ballots:

Similarly, lots of searches are happening related to “what time do polls open.”

One easy way to find out is to go to Google and click on today’s special logo, which brings up a voter information box. Or, just go directly to the locators below offered by Google and Facebook:

Who’s Voting Where?

Both Facebook and Foursquare are offering real-time maps of voting. Foursquare’s map is more directly tied to where and when people are actually voting, while Facebook’s is more about when indicate they’re going to vote. The maps:

Here are our stories with more about those maps:

Who’s Winning?

Want to keep up with the latest election results? Google, Bing and Yahoo are showing results in response to certain searches, as we cover below:

Each of the search engines also have dedicated election areas to watch:

Real Time News & Reactions

Want to stay ahead of the news channels? Twitter’s a place to watch. The company has even created a special Election Day “hashtag” page where you can spot prominent tweets and images:

Meanwhile, Elsewhere…

Beyond the major internet companies, there are stories of how tech users are colliding with the elections. Here’s a recap of some interesting ones:

  • Instagram your ballot, go to jail! Well, not in all places, but there are issues, as AllThingsD covers (see also Techmeme)
  • Voting machines go crazy!Techmeme has a recap of developing stories on this topic
  • Email voting in New Jersey has issues. Again, a recap of stories from Techmeme
  • Who’s running for president again? Gizmodo covers how people are still trying to figure that out at the last minute, according to Google Trends

Related Topics: Channel: Consumer | Features & Analysis | Politics


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