Overall Election Buzz Swings: Here's the general breakout of blog conversations as they pertain to today's election. Note the swings over time between Barack Obama and John McCain. Another good indicator to check out is the number of times bloggers (including media bloggers) have explicitly linked to the candidates' websites since November 2nd. Here are the links for for Obama and McCain.
"I Voted" - More Persuasive than "Please Vote"? What's unique so far about this election versus the last one is the degree to which folks have already voted, and are saying so explicitly online -- e.g. "I Voted" -- even with greater velocity than terms like "please vote" or "I'm voting." Will this build more momentum, or drive a bit of peer-to-peer pressure among those who have yet to hit their voting precinct? We'll see. Living in Ohio, it's clear just by driving by the downtown registrar office that thousands of people have voted ahead of time. The line last Saturday lasted hours, many said.
Who's Talking About the Ads: Here's a breakout of explicit "ad" reference for McCain and Obama. Not a huge number of references overall, but a deeper dive provides useful texture into the recall drivers or points of controversy (or acrimony) around the ads.
The "Changing" Vernacular: "Change" has been one of the biggest buzzwords of the campaign, and both candidates have consistently woven it into their messaging. Here's the latest breakout on explicit references to the word "change" and the respective candidates.
Ads, Rallies, and Satire: Ads have played a big roll in driving conversation about today's election, but don't discount the role of political satire in keeping us talking. (Sorry, just had to end this on a ligher note.)