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TechPresident Adds More Features To Cover Candidates

The enhancements include blogs, news feeds, photo streams, and video posts from 2008 presidential candidates.

TechPresident has announced new features that combine blogs, news feeds, photo streams, and video posts from 2008 presidential candidates.

TechPresident unveiled Politickr, which features content from declared, prospective, unannounced, third-party, and wild-card candidates, side by side. Visitors can subscribe to feeds from any candidate or check out all news from all of the candidates, according to Friday's announcement.

Politickr also uses "frequency clouds" to report common terms used by candidates. So far, the feature has noted former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney's use of the word "dad" and Sen. Joe Biden's use of the term "Hawkeye State."

If that's not enough, the site also recently added Facebook stats to tallies of candidates' popularity on social networking sites.

Sen. Barack Obama has the largest number of friends on MySpace and Facebook, while Rep. Ron Paul and Romney are the most popular Republican candidates on Facebook. When it comes to MySpace, Sen. John McCain is the most popular Republican, according to TechPresident, which counts friends according to the most popular page for each candidate, whether or not that page is official.

TechPresident reports on the Internet's impact on the 2008 U.S. presidential election. It was founded by publisher Andrew Rasiej and executive editor Micah L. Sifry, the minds behind the Personal Democracy Forum. It covers how candidates are using the Web and how the Web is affecting them. It features news digests, photos, campaign Web site reviews, as well as links to ads and Web sites.

Political observers and techies are watching closely to see how the Internet impacts the 2008 campaigns, which they predict will rely much more heavily on direct interaction with voters than previous races.

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