First internet election? No, the first semantic polling election.

LSE Politics & Policy blog have published a summary of the recent ECPR paper Nick Anstead and I presented. The paper concerns what we call 'semantic polling' - the continual mining of social media data to produce real-time measures of public opinion. We discuss its emergence and use in the 2010 UK General Election, as we work towards a fuller explanation of this phenomenon in political communications. Read the blogpost here.