Friday, October 3, 2008

Mission Accomplished! (mostly...sort of)

The Live Blogging experiment during the Biden v. Palin debate was an unqualified almost-success. There were some technical glitches at the outset, most likely caused by an overwhelming number of people who, like me, decided the debate would be the ideal opportunity to make use of the Cover It Live 2.0 software, but eventually it got off the ground and went mostly smoothly. We had a grand total of five people present---Scott, Brian, Romy, Dianna and myself, but evidently there were other people who tried to join but could not. Hopefully that will be fixed by next Tuesday when I'll be Live Blogging the second debate between Obama and McCain. That debate begins at 8pm, so check back then.

We all had a great time, but here are some thoughts about the experience:

1) It was a partisan crowd to say the least. When I'm the most moderate person in the room, you know it's a liberal crowd. I'd gladly welcome any of my conservative friends to join in to provide a bit of balance to the evening.

2) While I have editorial control over which comments to allow and disallow, due to the relatively small number of participants I opted to make it a free-for-all and let everyone comment at will. Provided we have more participants next Tuesday, and I suspect we will, I think I'll go a bit fascist and exercise more authority over what comments get posted. Be funny, be smart, or be both. Or just watch. Ten people posting simultaneously would just be too overwhelming, I think.

3) As some of you know, I don't have a television in the traditional sense. I watch all my stuff online--including the debate. The problem is, the two online feeds I tried watching were obviously several seconds behind the televised feed...making my comments a hair too late to be as relevant as I wanted them to be. Anyone have any suggestions for where I can get a real-time online feed?

Hope to see you on Tuesday night!

2 Comments:

Anonymous Brian said...

PBS (on the TV) and CNN (on the Internets) were either realtime or on the same delay at the beginning. CNN's feed crapped out for me after a bit, and when I restarted it was minutes behind, so I ended up just listening to the rest of the debate, hence no horrified comments from me about all that hideous winking. If you have a radio, you could check the online feeds against that to see if the video is coming to you in more or less real time.

October 5, 2008 at 11:54 AM  
Blogger Kraig Smith said...

The sometimes-useful Morgan directed me to this link which totally solves the problem:

http://gawker.com/5058421/old-media-ahead-of-curve-on-debate

October 5, 2008 at 11:56 AM  

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