Google has already been plotting US presidential primary results on Google Maps and Google Earth, but in preparation for “Super Tuesday,” YouTube has a Super Tuesday channel that features a Google Maps interface that allows users to upload their own comments and multimedia related to the upcoming primaries. In addition, there are also videos from local news outlets, candidates and even voters themselves in each of the states. Super Tuesday is February 5th, and is the day in which 24 US states will be holding their presidential primaries or party caususes. This day will have a huge impact on who will be the Democratic and Republican candidates for the presidency, and there’s a lot of campaigning going on.
New Media and the Internet seem to be playing a significant role in the 2008 US presidential campaign, although it may not be clear how much of an impact it will have on the actual vote. I think sites and resources like the YouTube/Google Maps Super Tuesday site are really bringing new perspectives on the campaign and its issues and I hope it will also increase voter turnout, especially with younger and new voters.