A Guide to Twitter’s Midterm Elections Coverage

Jodi Olson of Twitter corporate communications published a post on the Twitter Blog about how to use the social network to follow Tuesday’s midterm elections. From Olson’s post:

Tomorrow the balance of power in both houses of Congress is up for grabs, as is control of more than one-half of the nation’s gubernatorial seats. Many of the races are still too close to call, and debates are raging about how the 2010 midterm elections will change the country. This is also the first Election Day you’ll be able to follow in its entirety — via text and video — on Twitter.com.

We’re rounded up some illuminating accounts and coverage below. But remember: None of this matters if you don’t vote.

Follow different sides of the conversation by checking out Twitter feeds from the Democrats (@thedemocrats), the Republicans (@gopconference), the Tea Party (@TPPatriots), and the Libertarians (@LPNational). @CSPAN has also compiled comprehensive lists of all the House, Senate, and gubernatorial candidates on Twitter.

Our @twittermedia team is working with top media outlets to integrate Tweets into their election coverage — and to bring that coverage onto Twitter.com.

The @WashingtonPost will make news themselves tomorrow as the first news organization to sponsor a Promoted Trend on Twitter. Track #Election to get breaking news on race results, help monitor polling places, and follow the Post‘s election coverage, just one click from the Twitter home page.

The @NYTimes is incorporating their journalists’ Tweets into its election coverage. It has also created a percolating visualization showing the volume and quality of Twitter conversations around many races, and is already gaining tons of Twitter traction.

@CNN is analyzing thousands of Tweets on Tuesday, creating a new way to understand the different shades of the Tweeting public’s thoughts and conversations about key races and issues. It will share the results live on-air.

And don’t miss msnbc.com‘s videos, including a live stream from 9 p.m.-3:30 a.m. ET that you can watch directly through Twitter’s details pane. Follow @msnbc_video, @msnbc, @breakingnews and @nbcnews.

Add the hashtag #votereport to a Tweet about your experience at your polling place; those reports will be aggregated at TwitterVoteReport.com. In New York City, use #NYCvotes.

And after you cast your votes tomorrow, use the hashtag #ivoted to catch people’s attention and remind them to participate in shaping the future of this country.