Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Google Election Center and the Election 2010 results

Image representing Google as depicted in Crunc...Image via CrunchBase

Search engines like also played their part in the November 2, 2010 elections and election results by deploying a few tools that made it easier to gather voting information. For example, when anyone searched on Google for [polling place] or [where to vote], user's were returned a search box to help them find their polling place, candidates, and local election office and they could type in the home address where they were registered to vote. These features were provided under Google's "Google Election Center", an experimental service that lets election officials provide data directly to Google resulting in the creation of various search tools. The facility also allowed anyone with a website to provide this same functionality by embedding the open source Election Center gadget on their sites, or using the gadget code or API to build their own.

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