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How social media is making political analysis instantaneous

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Should Olympians be able to tweet their thoughts without fear of getting kicked off the team? Oli Scarff/Getty Images

When it comes to online comedy, tonight's vice-presidential debate may provide some rich fodder. There will be plenty of folks tweeting and updating their Facebook pages while watching the event.

Before the rise of social media, analysis of political events was reserved for the pundits who came on cable news shows immediately after. Not any more. The first presidential debate was the most tweeted event in U.S. political history.

Social media gives new meaning to the phrase "instant analysis", with trigger-happy tweeters poised to comment on every aspect of the debate, and the debaters.

Here with more on how social networks are shaping American politics, we have Cliff Lampe, who teaches at the School of Information at the University of Michigan, and someone who will be thumbing up a storm tonight, actor and avid Tweeter James Urbaniak.

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