How To Watch Tonight's Debate On Twitter

I wrote about this on Friday. I think Twitter is going to be a great way to watch the debate tonight.

Here’s how you can get Twitter on your big screen and watch the debate on Twitter:

  1. if you have a “fourth generation” AppleTV, you can add the Twitter app to it using the AppleTV app store
  2. if you have an older AppleTV, you can mirror your phone to your TV and watch the debate on your phone’s Twitter app
  3. if you have an Xbox One, you can add the Twitter app to it
  4. if you have an Amazon Fire, you can add the Twitter app to it
  5. if you have an iPad, you can watch on the Twitter app on your iPad

The debate video will be front and center in the Twitter TV apps.

On the Twitter smartphone app, you can go to the Moments tab and the live video of the debate will be there.

For an event as important as this one is, I think having Twitter side by side with the live video is the way to go.


Comments (Archived):

  1. William Mougayar

    Good thing I will be in the US tonight (Chicago) and will watch it via Twitter.When will we see new TVs come out of the box, where you enter your Twitter ID during set-up, just as you set-up the wi-fi connection?

    1. Brandon G. Donnelly

      is this not going to work in canada?i don’t have cable.

      1. William Mougayar

        not sure if they added canada since last week, but canada was “clearly” not supported. you can still get a similar experience with a twitter feed side by side.

        1. JLM

          .Yet another reason, why …………….. US – Canada – Mexico merger makes sense.Let’s make this happen. I’ve briefed Trump on the idea and he says it has merit cause there would be no necessity for any walls?JLMwww.themusingsofthebigredca…

          1. SubstrateUndertow

            If trump wins Canada may want to build a wall and pay for it 🙂

    2. ShanaC

      It just came up on my ipad app exactly the way fred described

  2. LIAD

    If I was running product at twitter for this, I’d augment the tweet stream with live sentiment analysis, dial-tests, instant flash polls, live periscope thumbnails of people watching and more.If you’re going to transform this into an real-time interactive experience, and position twitter accordingly – you should own it fully.

    1. Twain Twain

      Twitter doesn’t have a Product Head:* http://uk.businessinsider.c…How can Twitter fully own this experience when it has no Product Head who owns product strategy?That’s part of why its user growth has been problematic and why it’s an acquisition target.

      1. ErikSchwartz

        I had lunch with an engineering lead at twitter recently who wondered exactly the same thing.

        1. Twain Twain

          Success is the product of teamwork but product also has to have leadership.

        2. WA

          “Water cooler” chat is most virtuous. As is asking the sgts in the foxholes on the front lines.

        3. ShanaC

          that sounds like an in-ter-resting conversation. Can’t believe your lunch partner gossiped that much#notgood

          1. ErikSchwartz

            In companies with opaque processes that do a poor job of disseminating information to the rank and file, gossip rules.

  3. jason wright

    i wonder why Twitter continues to piggy back all the recent ‘mass’ events?an example of a media corporation validating a broken political system for its own profitability.

    1. Matt Zagaja

      The system is not broken at all. Decisions are made by those who show up.

      1. jason wright

        showing up is not ownership. democracies are technical systems very much privately owned by vested corporate interest.and people shouldn’t have to ‘show up’. their daily actions and behaviours should shape the system. i give you blockchain tech. showing up is to be invited to someone else’s party. be the party.

      2. JLM

        .That is true on so many levels. Most of the money in the world gets made by those who are 80% right but done on time. Still, you have to show up to be right.Well played.JLMwww.themusingsofthebigredca…

      3. LE

        What I have found is that you have to protect people from their folly and also that people, average people and people below the line aren’t doing any heavy lifting and that has to be factored into all presentation and systems.

      4. Quantella Owens

        I’m sorry, but there is absolutely no way you can exist in America today and not see that our systems are broken-political included. When cops shoot children on playgrounds with plastic, toy weapons-twice-and do not get arrested and tried-the system is broken and it is about politics. When one drug dealer gets more time than another simply because of race, or when a rapist gets no time at all, or a person who breaks into someone’s apartment and plants bugs and spycams and breaks federal law and is not punished-the system is broken. I could do this all day, all night and probably into the new year, but I’ll stop at this: the system never looks broken to whomever is benefiting the most from the status quo.

  4. Rob Underwood

    It’d be fun to keep some of the AVC convo going tonight. Is there a list of the Twitter handles of AVC regulars? I am “brooklynrob”.I led authorship of a research piece at Deloitte 8 years ago about presidential campions and their use of new media and new media formats – at that time it was social media, as well as a historical perspective going back to 1960 and the role of TV in that year’s debates. Today’s post reminded me of that — some of it still holds up and/or played out.

    1. ShanaC

      I had/have one (that I should honestly update)…

  5. kenberger

    Thanks; that was the 1 question I asked the other day. Such details are remarkably absent.The killer app we really need is a real-time fact-checker to go along with this. I haven’t yet seen the technology to completely nail this yet (and I have been actively scouting for it), but the nature of Twittering will no doubt go at least partially in this direction.

    1. JimHirshfield

      YES. Liar-o-meter please!

        1. ShanaC

          I think I would have loved a more detailed sentiment analysis inside twitter.

      1. kenberger

        test of physical fibness?

      2. Twain Twain

        Yes and if Investors would have given us $100,000.

      3. Ana Milicevic

        How about a pants-on-fire filter? That could work well w/ Twitter.

        1. sigmaalgebra

          PantSUITS on fire!

      4. pointsnfigures

        If anyone is serious, neither side wants a liar o meter….

        1. Yin Dang

          Fukc Twitter ,, hate to watch on the Twitter app. I hate Fred promoting Twitter too much annoying nonsense siht garbage nuisance idiotic

    2. Matt Zagaja

      I don’t know that it’s a killer app. Studies have been done. Fact-checking does not persuade people to change their minds on things. If it did this election would have been locked down months ago.

      1. kenberger

        you have a good point.To me, it’s not actually so much “lies” or other extremes, it’s simply handy to have a filter to help sort through and process the volumes of data that each candidate delivers. Nearly 100% of a politician’s words are posturing, rhetoric, etc– that’s why we call these folks politicians.A tool like this is still handy (at least for someone like me) to put the data bits in the right places.

        1. Matt Zagaja

          I agree. There’s a lot of context around the things that candidates say, and not having that context can make it more challenging to understand what is going on. I think providing that context is a place where twitter has an opportunity to shine, but if it simply throws tweets of support or disdain then it’ll be a missed opportunity.

          1. LE

            Hence why no fact checking by Lester Holt. Hard to draw the line on degrees of lying.

          2. ShanaC

            The moments feed did filter for this. The trending feed, not so much.Weirdly, this made me like the trending feed a lot better. Much more “on the pulse”.If I were only passing knowledgeable (pretend for a second its a Game of Thrones feed instead, and I was an occasional watcher), I think I would have preferred the reverse

      2. LE

        It’s an emotional decision for many. Like buying a car or dating or getting married. It’s not tied to practicality and facts. Actually you can add smoking in there as well for young people just starting out. Or drugs or overeating or whatever.So you see it’s similar to how addiction works in my mind. The positive creative by the perceived upside and immediate gratification essentially blunts any of the negatives brought forward by a rational argument.

      3. ShanaC

        Also sadly true.I sometimes think I need to write a (frankly bad) poetry lament to the republic. Beyond other comments, that definitely was my feeling tonight

    3. sigmaalgebra

      For the facts and their checking, someone should do a curation. E.g., a wiki approach should work well.I’ve developed my own curation, but it is not nearly as comprehensive as I would like, and I’m not going to take the time to make it a lot better.Since there are likely only a few hundred facts on each side and of much interest, a good curation need not be a big chunk of data; I’m implicitly assuming that mostly the checking will be by URL’s to, say, YouTube video clips of actual statements of candidates and other people with the facts, C-SPAN coverages, signed articles, Federal Government reports, etc.My startup, when it gets some good data, should be one good, maybe the best, approach. The advantage of my startup is that it does well approximating the meaning of content, much better than can keywords/phrases. E.g., for one approach, just have a personal interest that covers the situation of the fact and for a check of that fact get content with meaning relevant to that interest and also focused on the fact and its check.Does this actually really all make sense? Yes.Is it AI or ML? No, that work is not nearly powerful enough. It’s much more powerful than AI/ML.While my startup should work for such fact checking, and may be one of the best approaches for, say, building a good curation, in a big sense the startup is much more powerful than needed for such fact checking: E.g., each user interest is treated as personal and unique in all the world, while one good job checking one fact should be able settle the issue for everyone — that is, are using a personalized tool to get a result that is quite general and not really personal.Why, then, is the startup good for fact checking? Because of its power to do well approximating the meaning of content, of personal interest or general interest.How good is the approximation? In principle, it is perfect. Surprising, shocking, astounding result.Ah, too bad, while the software is essentially done (in alpha test, all runs, apparently correctly), likely I won’t have enough initial data stuffed into the database to be ready before THIS November 8th!How does it work? Some advanced, quite general, and quite abstract pure math with some original work I did. Personal interests (e.g., including artistic taste) and meaning of content are both so broad that need an especially general and, thus, abstract approach. But I’m the only person on the planet with any interest in the math, and the users won’t be aware of anything mathematical.Why am I the only person? People with the background and talent to understand the math have utter contempt for business. And people in business have much more contempt for anything in math. So, I’m field crossing. There is essentially no traffic at all going my way.Dealing with the contempt is no fun, but I had enough time as a student, grad student, and prof to have some insight into the contempt: For both good mathematicians and the common man in the street and business people, the contempt is deeper than anywhere in the Pacific Ocean, and there is nothing that can be done about it.No, the computer science people can’t do such work — for this work, AI/ML are not even up to baby talk. The flip side is, zip, zilch, and zero competition.More generally, if do something exceptionally good, powerful, valuable, whatever, then it is necessarily also exceptional which means that not a lot of other people will understand it.But with yourI haven’t yet seen the technology to completely nail this yet (and I have been actively scouting for it),you indicated your interest in a means of solution!

    4. Amar

      ah now we ask the interesting question :)real-time fact check on a social media channel is such a good feature — the question then becomes:Shouldn’t crowdsourcing be the way to generate the “fact check” in real time? Especially if it is a feature in one of the world’s leading social channels?We thought “social” was going to replace algorithm driven search … and social is replacing all forms of “algorithm driven” recommendations … but we struggle with using social for “fact” checking –maybe because social is just a fabric on top of people and people are very messy and complicated, contradictory, carbon life forms.Mechanical Turk is sort of cool and about 6 years back I had my team write an algorithm to programmatically use MTurk to check for facts that require human judgement (i.e. is this url point to content that is still valid?) Math helped here -> 2/3 people saying “yes” gives you a certain p(yes -> is the right answer). 5/7 the p(y is right) increases.. 7/9 p(…) goes higher. As you would expect the slope flattens out fast … making the marginal cost of moving p(..) up and to the right, not worth the savings. The interesting thing though was that in this case the math held.What we are learning now though is that this particular math is not universally true. Crowdsource for items like “facts” in the context of such an emotional event (election).. turns out to not work at all./cc @twaintwain:disqus @JLM:disqus

      1. Twain Twain

        Of course … there’s no neat maths model for emotions and its context …That would require an inventor of Newton, Einstein and Da Vinci proportions to make a tool from a neat little equation like:Emotions = meanings (Context)2.What’s Mechanical Turk going to do? Produce a probability distribution curve of how many times people tweet he / she’s so #right #wrong #rewritinghistory #annoying #warm #offbase etc?Social doesn’t add as much to algorithms’ ability to filter or to connect the dots as we’re led to believe.https://uploads.disquscdn.chttps://uploads.disquscdn.c

      2. ShanaC

        Do you know how you measured that cost #interesting

  6. laurie kalmanson

    this is awesome

  7. Pranay Srinivasan

    Can AVC buy Twitter?

    1. Kirsten Lambertsen

      I wish Slack could buy Twitter. Or StackOverflow.

      1. Cam MacRae

        StackOverflow? Bleh! In my best Peggy Olson voice… “Twitter: Now with triple the sanctimony.”

        1. Kirsten Lambertsen

          Ha! You don’t think they have a great product and respect for their users?Who should acquire Twitter? I love making lists like that.

          1. Cam MacRae

            It is a useful resource, although like all question and answer sites it has an awful lot of out of date information. Unfortunately the inmates are running the asylum and it is utterly hostile to newcomers. In that way it is a little like wikipedia — cliques of power users with high privileges take delight and smacking about an ever dwindling pool of contributors.As for an acquisition, the logical acquirer is Tencent if only for the brand.

      2. ShanaC

        Why those two?

        1. Kirsten Lambertsen

          Both are great tools that facilitate communication amongst people. The actual suitors that I’m hearing about, in my opinion, will wreck it. Except maybe Google, maybe.

  8. Tom Labus

    Monday Night Football?

    1. JLM

      .I have sworn off the NFL until 2087. It is not permanent.JLMwww.themusingsofthebigredca…

      1. Lawrence Brass

        Long live JLM!

  9. awaldstein

    i’m in Milan and planning on getting up early tomorrow and watching it though not sure how yet.

  10. Mac

    Arnold Palmer 1929 – 2016 Thank you, Arnold.

    1. Jess Bachman

      Going to pour out a tall boy for this legend of libation.

      1. Mac

        You’re planning to fill it with an ‘Arnold Palmer’?

          1. Mac

            Wonderful! I’ve never seen that.

          2. Jess Bachman

            SC had some great commercials back in the day.

          3. Mac

            Excellent. On my way to the store.

          4. JLM

            .My go to drink for a lifetime. In Colorado they call it a “Jasper.” But I always call it an Arnold Palmer.JLMwww.themusingsofthebigredca…

    2. DJL

      Not sure there was ever a better “sportsman” in any sport, at any time. I got to see his last round on the Champion’s Tour here in Houston. Class act.

      1. Mac

        Few have exemplified the American character and spirit more. I suspect millions of people around the world have a special ‘Palmer memory’ that they will always treasure. That’s a class act.

    3. Richard

      anyone who had a the opportunity to see Jose Fernandez pitch got to see the prefect balance of skill, joy, respect and fearlessness needed to play the game.

      1. Mac

        Such a tragic ending to what could have been one of the great careers and sports stories.

    4. JLM

      .What an amabassador for ………….. class.I remember him on the practice at Barton Creek Country Club in the ATX signing hats for kids while Chi Chi wouldn’t sign anything.He was the winner on those kids’ scorecards.Godspeed, Arnold Palmer. Thank you for an example of how it’s supposed to be done.JLMwww.themusingsofthebigredca…

      1. LE

        I am sure he enjoyed signing and was not suffering doing so. Some people like things greatly and get joy that others despise. My ex wife never met a funeral or “shiva” that she didn’t enjoy attending. She practically seeks them out. I think people have to have respect for the fact that not everyone fills the role of whatever Arnold did (and from what you say Chi Chi didn’t). I am fine with that.

        1. JLM

          .The joy in him was obvious. It was a Senior Tour event.He walked to the practice tee which was twenty-five deep in all directions. A kid had a hat on at the edge of the crowd.Palmer walked up and said, “I think you have my hat.”The kid protested.”Let me see it, son,” Palmer said, as the kid handed it to him.Palmer signed it and handed it back.”See, it’s got my name on it.”He was a genuine showman and a great guy. He signed for fifteen minutes before hitting balls and a half hour afterward.He made a ton of fans, including me.His gallery walking with him, Arnie’s Army, was ten times that of any other player.JLMwww.themusingsofthebigredca…

          1. LE

            Didn’t know until yesterday that Palmer was not only a private pilot but that he owned (or leased whatever) many airplanes including jets.…Not into golf in any way shape or form but the fact that he did aviation brings him up to the top in my ranking system for sure. Of course I know that Arnold was totally iconic when I was growing up. Last I saw him was on drug commercials (with Kevin Nealon) and he looked like he was getting near the end.Xarelto commercial I rate it an 8 on my drug commercial rating scale:

          2. Mac

            Nice article. When he got the Lear, he treated all the spectators, at The Masters, to a low flyover after finishing his Sunday round early. I was standing on the 13th fairway (a.k.a. Amen Corner) and remember how play stopped towatch as he made his way toward the clubhouse. I would call that a strong finish.

          3. JLM

            .Big time pilot able to fly jets.JLMwww.themusingsofthebigredca…

      2. Mac

        So true. Far too few in the public eye consistently exemplify that level of class throughout their career.I took my three sons to The Masters so they could have a lifetime memory of seeing Palmer and Nicklaus at the Augusta National. Today, I’m very grateful we had that opportunity.

      3. Amar

        who is Chi Chi?

        1. LE

          The way to figure out the answer to something like this would be to google “chi chi golf”. If you didn’t know “golf” you could find that out by googling Arnold Palmer.

          1. Amar

            True.. but it assumes that I don’t want the extra bit of color + narrative that JLM sometimes throws in for free that google would never be able to give me ;-)But other that -> i appreciate the lesson around how to use google.

          2. LE

            Good point makes better bait then just saying “tell me more about what you think about Chi Chi”. . [1] Since you are both in Austin JLM needs to take you out to lunch at one of his ‘healthy’ canteens when he returns.[1] Not the eating type though.

  11. Crocodile Bungee

    I intend to watch the debate without the Greek chorus. I already know what that is going to say: “Stateswoman Hillary overwhelmed the lying, crazy egomaniac who had not a single thought-through policy to his name…” and “Lying Clinton was skewered time and time again. New boss, same as the old boss. America deserves the truth…” When both candidates in a debate are accusing the other of lying, no actual debate can take place. I imagine that is the objective of both. Must check we have some popcorn and beer in.During the last election over this side of the Atlantic, PM Cameron was heard to say “Twitter. You know Twitter? That’s not Britain.” And he was right. Unfortunately he then forgot that during the later EU referendum. Things might have been very different if he had not.

  12. JimHirshfield

    As suggested below, a real-time crowd-sourced lie detector is the best use case for Twitter tonight. Make the truth great again.

    1. LE

      Try that with your aunt or your wife next time and see how the truth works.

    2. SubstrateUndertow

      This whole election cycle is an existential epistemological IQ/EQ test for the nation.The media has for decades failed their epistemological/journalistic core competency test by failing to take receipt of their pivotal social mandate/responsibility, that being, to develop/disseminate a framework of foundational social debate language/visualization memes capable of empowering an epistemologically-grounded mass-culture of political literacy.

      1. Quantella Owens

        Every since I was little, all I wanted was to be a “journalist.” Went to Northeastern as a finalist in a student contest…stopped altogether because journalism ended up breaking my heart. They all seemed to have forgotten what it was supposed to be about at the same time: forum and voice. Not clicks, not lies, not sensationalism. Journalists had “voices” and most of all, journalists had “by-lines”-and they meant something. Not anymore.

        1. ShanaC

          Journalists have to eat. Clicks is how they get ad views

          1. Quantella Owens

            They do. And there are dozens of ways for them to monetize without the lowest common denominator. I guess I’m just disappointed that they couldn’t or didn’t want to bother thinking of them.

  13. Ana Milicevic

    I genuinely don’t understand why we keep referring to it as a debate. Carnival sideshow seems more appropriate.But in the spirit of being constructive I do think that the Twitter experience will be the most interesting option for viewers. What remains to be seen is if Twitter can monetize their live offering (and I’m not suggesting that political interactions of this type should be monetized – my comment is more on the long-term viability of Twitter’s push into live w/o an articulated monetization strategy other than advertising).

    1. JLM

      .When Rome was failing, they gave them bread and circuses.Today, bread is pizza. Tonight, this is the circus.JLMwww.themusingsofthebigredca…

      1. Ana Milicevic

        What an apt analogy on so many levels

    2. DJL

      What is coming is not a “debate” – but a well-orchestrated media sandbag of Trump. Every major news media has taken the talking points directly from the HRC web site (“trump is a liar”) and reprinted, published, and tweeted them. There will be no pretense of fairness. The race is too close and he has to be destroyed.

      1. JLM

        .In a certain manner, the combination of HRC, the MSM, the punditry, the GOPe makes the task easier for Trump. He does not have to be particular as to whose shoes he’s standing on thereby liberating him.They are all sharpening their daggers for him even as we speak.As to the MSM, they are so in the bag as to make then guilty bystanders and nothing more. Their hamhanded support will drive voters to — not from — Trump.If 16 Republicans with gobs of experience and well funded, were unable to find the right formula, Salut! Trump is going to do just fine meaning only Trump can beat Trump from here on in.JLMwww.themusingsofthebigredca…

        1. DJL

          He did a reasonable job of at least punching himself in the nose last night. It was frustrating to watch her skate through the email scandal without any attacks. I think round #1 went to HRC.

      2. ShanaC

        At the end of the day, trump was on the debate stage, not the media

    3. ShanaC

      This comment sadly turned out to be true.That bothers me intensely

  14. JimHirshfield

    In related news, Hillary will be wearing SnapChat Spectacles and Donald will be wearing Google Glass. Infinitely embedded social media posts will cause the internet to implode.

    1. Jess Bachman

      Oh god. Are they really called SnapChat Specatacles?

      1. sigmaalgebra

        A teenage boy wears them in school, and when he looks at a girl SnapChat captures her face, looks in their collected data, and shows the boy the best selfie they have of her, I’m guessing.

        1. Jess Bachman

          A product built for teenage boys, by data science PhD’s. What could go wrong. https://uploads.disquscdn.c

          1. sigmaalgebra

            “The only difference between men and boys is the price of their toys.”

    2. pointsnfigures

      Trump already has a SnapChat filter. He’s winning the social media battle. Obama crushed both McCain and Romney on social media.

      1. Ryan Frew

        My friends’ weddings all have their own SnapChat filters. That’s a pretty low bar.

        1. ShanaC

          How did they do that (not a huge snapchat person, need to plan a wedding sooner rather than later, therefore gathering ideas)

          1. Ryan Frew

            Directly through Snapchat. Apparently you need to submit the request at least 24 hours ahead of time. Popular approaches among the ones I’ve seen have been graphics of the bride/groom, the couple’s logo, or the wedding’s hashtag, which has become a HUGE thing. Ugh, I’m going to my 3rd wedding in a row this weekend. Is it obvious? Here’s a link haha

      2. ShanaC

        I’m not sure trump having a snapchat filter is a good thing. There is such thing of bad press to the point of being a parody.

    3. jason wright

      if only Monica had been wearing Snap Specs.

      1. JLM

        .Visual impairment?JLMwww.thsmusingsofthebigredca…

    4. JLM

      .In related news, HRC will be launching ClintonWare, a fabric based computer garment which will change colors depending upon the distance between her and a Clinton Foundation actual or prospective donor.The attractive pantsuit ensemble will start white and change colors as she is able to siphon funds, resonate with supporters, or wins the social media wars.As she is asked a question by Lester Holt, the pantsuit will change colors based on how favorable the question is to her,Originally, it was to have changed color based on her veracity, but the HRC campaign rejected that monochromatic color palette.JLMwww.themusingsofthebigredca…

      1. JimHirshfield

        Full body mood ring?

        1. JLM

          .Cannot use the term “full body” as that is a “trigger” and unacceptable. If you are short enough, I can get you a podium upgrade, no?JLMwww.themusingsofthebigredca…

        2. ShanaC

          that actually exists…

          1. JimHirshfield


    5. jason wright

      So how did the evening’s entertainment go?

      1. JimHirshfield

        The internet survived. Someone, I forget who, noted the difference in the candidates’ temperaments.

  15. kenberger

    Hillary-ous to watch:Between Two Ferns With Zach Galifianakis: Hillary ClintonHilary ain’t no Obama when it comes to talkshow hipness, but that’s ok. See the caption, “Hillary Clinton: had pneumonia”:…(can’t seem to embed this here)

    1. pointsnfigures

      Zach is truly funny. She is not. Obama has a keen sense of humor. It comes through. Bush did as well (and so did Reagan, and Bill Clinton)

      1. LE

        Oddly enough neither candidate is a “grinner”. Typically the grinner, all else equal, wins. For the same reason that a cheating husband who smiles after doing something bad is able to get away with things.If you look at many of the past winning Presidents the winner had a great smile and was a grinner.Kennedy <- Silver StandardNixon <- Not actually Carter <- Gold Standard Reagan <- Gold Standard Clinton <- Gold Standard Bush <- Gore was to serious hence Bush takes grinner roleObamaThat said since Trump is not a grinner nor is Hillary the one who is most entertaining and charismatic (even with negatives) has the advantage.If it’s not obvious had Biden not been all upset about his son’s death and had he run he would have easily beaten Trump. Even with less qualifications that he actually had. He is a grinner.

  16. Guest McGuesterson

    Android TV. No soup for me?

  17. anand

    Would be nice to see a chromecast option with twitter..maybe soon if google buys it 😉

  18. harvestgrand

    Any mobile to Chromecast options out there?

  19. DJL

    This is going to be fun. The NY Times and Washington post have published their obligatory hit pieces on Trump. (Yawn) I have no interest it following a stream of Tweets curated by a group of Libs posing as real journalists. I can make up my own mind. I hope we get to hear about policy tonight. The viewership is going to break records for sure.

  20. pointsnfigures

    I’d prefer no in person audiences for debates. Just two candidates debating. Will make it less theatre

    1. Kirsten Lambertsen

      That’s a fun concept to play with. What if they were in booths and couldn’t hear each other’s answers?

      1. pointsnfigures

        Dating Game style! Hah. Actually would be very very very different. Much more sterile. I honestly think in this election, that would favor Hillary. In the last election, I think it would have favored Romney. They both are stiff. It comes through when you see them. People like Obama, Reagan, Bill Clinton much more fluid so they feed off their opponent.

  21. LE

    One person that probably won’t be tweeting tonight (although I guess he could depending on connectivity) would be Mark Cuban who as everyone knows will be sitting in the audience on the front row to watch the ‘row’.So Team Hillary, and specifically her best and brightest handlers, are part of the problem and not part of any solution. [1] Cuban who thinks (ironically) as highly of himself [2] as Trump (and used to be ‘friends’ with him) can now start a trend of having highly visible foils in the crowd, more or less similar to Jack Nicholson importance at the Oscars.At least we know one thing. Donald didn’t con his tough as nails dad into the million that he gave him [3] like Cuban conned Yahoo to get his start on the road of fame.[1] Very Presidential.[2] At one point he thought he was actually Vice Presidential [4] material.…[3] Or the loan guarantees[4] Which means also he felt he could be President.

    1. JLM

      .The HRC Mark Cuban charade is bush league.I thought Trump’s joke about having Gennifer Flowers was both funny and pretty good. I wish he would have had front row seats for the Benghazi Moms and all of Bill’s babes (well, just ten) — people who got screwed by a Clinton?JLMwww.themusingsofthebigredca…

  22. Salt Shaker

    Wire both candidates up with a polygraph, EKG, EEG, etc.It would be a good way of seeing who’s telling the truth and who is sweating the truth. Twitter feed the data in real time.

    1. JLM

      .I had a job once whereat I was in a program called PRP (Personnel Reliability Program) and I had to have a “chat” once a month with a polygraph and a couple of guys.One of the guys taught me how to “work” a poly. He used to let the other guy wire him up and he would say his name was Bob/Fred/Sam and the machine would indicate he was telling the truth.Actually, in those days it said, “No deception detected.”I think both of these people could probably beat a poly. It is the baseline that matters when using that device,JLMwww.themusingsofthebigredca…

      1. LE

        I am wondering if the first question of a polygraph is or should be “have you ever taken a polygraph test or practiced to beat a polygraph test before”.

        1. JLM

          .The first questions are always facts they know — name, age, education, parents’ names, etc.Then they try to put you in the moment — what was the weather on the way here?Then they ask the real questions. Ideally, every question gets asked with a duplicate — sometimes, from a different direction. Usually 40 questions — could have just been me and my deal.Sometimes, they end with questions they can verify but may not know.Most questioners can tell immediately if there is an attempt to deceive.JLMwww.themusingsofthebigredca…

          1. ShanaC

            baseline test

    2. SubstrateUndertow

      That polygraph wouldn’t work on Trump as self-marketing BS does not register in his psyche as lies !

  23. LE

    Twitter should have a team assembled to take every single interesting tweet and package it for easy broad main stream media consumption and distribution. Do their work, make it easy for them, same as PR firms do. I know suggestions like this fall on deaf ears by the way.

    1. ShanaC

      Damn, I should have checked this thread first. I think I would have preferred it this way

  24. Pedro Almeida

    You can also watch it in Aptoide TV. Aptoide is the largest Android independent app store (it is also a great way to avoid google play for mobile, you should have a look)

  25. kellercl

    I’ll have to try mirroring my Mac or phone because when I tried airplaying the football game from my phone I was only able to view the game and not the twitter feed.

  26. Donald F. Robertson

    For a company counting on streaming to help them survive, Twitter is not making this easy. I had to do a Google search and find your page — it should have been pushed out to me on my Twitter account!

  27. Steven Kane

    unfortunately appleTV app store is a steaming pile of s**t – been trying to download twitter app for many hours but just hangs

  28. Jason Peterson

    I think twitter is the worst way to watch the debate, if you care about what is being debated. I will watch on Twitter mostly out of technical curiosity. Instead of just having to drown out the live audience, I will also need to drown out the bias from the, most likely hilarious but, ultimately obfuscating tweet-storm generated by the debate.

  29. cavepainting

    Watching second screen on twitter used to be fun. No longer as it is increasingly difficult to separate signal from noise. Trolling and the amount of vitriol is out of control, pretty much on anything. Remember the Gabby Douglas haters during the olympics ?I would prefer to just focus on the candidates and how they listen and respond to each other vs. being caught up in commentary that is mostly worthless.

  30. cavepainting

    Twitter has to take trolling, foul language, and negativity pretty seriously. May be mandatory verification can help, especially if they can make the process easy and simple.

  31. creative group

    CONTRIBUTORS:C-SPAN is an option for the Independents. Limit on Commentators disguised as Journalists.The brainwashing begins with the Networks Commentators feeding the flock their usual meal of hate, dishonesty, no fact check zone, etc.

  32. Chris Phenner

    My wife’s questions as I loaded the app:1. Are these just random peoples’ tweets?…three minutes pass, including at least three pauses due to buffering…2. Can we just watch it normally?…back to cable…

  33. ShanaC

    So, I (finally) got to try this feature through my Ipad plus laptop (watching twitter on both). Since in the short term I’m not going to use this feature unless somehow Twitter makes a deal with HBO (don’t watch sports), this is actually one of the few times I actually get to feel out this feature.a) this works better if you have a tv – Ipads are not great for reading while also debating through laptop. The Ipad was not a great way to pay attention, because the screen was not big enough.b) functionally, this was a hugely interesting experience that I enjoyed a lot, especially because the tweets they culled plus the extra information twitter game (such as sentiment) was informative experiencec) I disliked that twitter moderated to some degree what I saw. The debate responses I saw through tweetbot definitely gave me a better vibe of what the overall twittersphere was saying. Interestingly, the reason I disliked it was it felt “facebook like”, which I usually think is a Good Thing (channelling martha stewart).d) the live feed cut out of a few times #annoying. Live Feeds tend to do that less on my actual laptope) I’m annoyed that this feature is so heavily sports right nowI give it a B+

  34. Peter Van Dijck

    I could go to the Moments tab if I had a moments tab, but since Twitter apparently doesn’t think global users need Moments (it’s clearly blocked or something here in Colombia), I can’t.Why they don’t have a dedicated link on the homepage with the video feed + comments is baffling (lack of execution). Facebook would have.