Thursday, September 04, 2008

A Great Way To Not Watch A Speech

My plan last night was to watch the RNC speeches this morning, instead of staying up last night. But, while Palin was talking, I couldn't resist trying a little experiment - "watching" the speech via Twitter.

Basically, I went over to and entered in Palin as the search query. Up came the results. Now, here's the fun part - every few seconds, the search results would refresh and let me know there were new messages to read. (Note: the screenshot below is from the morning after her speech, not during it)

What a fun approach it turned out to be. First, using only these short snippets I started to get a sense of what was going on, real time, in her speech. Second, I got a wonderful appreciation for the different views out there - to some, Palin's speech was rocking the house, to others, she had said nothing of relevance. But, mostly, the results were down right hilarious. I mean, laugh out loud funny.

Overall, it was a fun way to take in this historic event. It's definitely worth a try. And it works not only for speeches, but anything happening real time. Keeping a pulse on the Google Chrome Launch, was made a lot easier by using Twitter's search feature.

It's like have a Nielsen Ratings Meter for any topic you're interested in.

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