With the first presidential debate three days away, President Obama and Mitt Romney are locked away this weekend in intense prep sessions. As they do their mock debates, various social-media organizations are planning to broadcast real-time reactions and amplify fallout from gaffes and missteps.
After highly rated debates shook the polls during the Republican primaries, Yahoo, AOL, and YouTube are working directly with the debate commission to create streams and live reaction. XBox Live will allow subscribers to use their controllers to judge both candidates’ statements as they’re made. All of which raises the possibility of making a focus group out of millions of people who are watching at home.