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Google sponsored and staffed the Des Moines media centre during the Iowa Caucus, Agence France-Presse reported on Jan. 3.
The report is about Google's election coverage and plans to market Google+. During the Iowa campaign a "regular" Google site supplied, video and maps. The site "Google Politics & Elections" covers the US and Egypt.
A Google+ version of Politics & Elections delivered real-time results. Today it has 10,674 followers.
The AFP story said Google helped some of the 1,500 journalists covering the vote use Google+ tools including the hangout. It said leading up to the Nov. 6 election Google will develop the platform to help citizens learn and participate.
» En attendant, Google a installé pour les journalistes au centre de presse de Des Moines un «Google hangout» (endroit pour «traîner»), qui abrite des poufs aux couleurs de la compagnie (rouge, vert, jaune et bleu), des canapés blancs, des écrans géants et même des tapis de course. Café et autres collations sont aussi disponibles.» Agence France-Presse a rapporté.
In Canada, as of Dec. 12, only one of the #ndpldr candidates had a Google+ account.
Nor does the leadership contest for the presidency of the Federal Liberal party have much of a Google+ profile.
Yesterday Mashable's +Pete Cashmore posted : "Google+ membership is exploding lately, with one analyst saying that the network could see 400 million members by the end of the year. +Paul Allen, the "unofficial Google+ statistician," recently said the service has 62 million users, adding 625,000 new ones every day."
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