updated 04:35 pm EST, Mon November 26, 2007
Facebook ABC Politics App
Facebook and ABC News today said they were jointly launching the U.S. Politics application, a new tool for the former's site that should be one of the first direct collaborations between the press and a social networking page. The web-based feature is designed with the 2008 US presidential election in mind and is designed to let the Web 2.0 community get more involved with debates: in addition to passively reading blogs and photo diaries, app users can join debate groups and even offer opinions that will affect TV news coverage and candidate debates, ABC claims.
The U.S. Politics app is live today and already includes polls to gauge users' views on multiple election issues; the TV broadcaster does not say when it expects the social network to begin affecting results. ABC has been shifting an increasing amount of its content to the web, including HD TV shows, as part of its attempt to accommodate a recognizable decline in TV viewership in favor of the Internet.