Sandy Storyline -
This is a great website documenting events around Hurricane Sandy, and the recovery efforts. Ariel Kennan, one of my teammates in the Code for America Fellowship program, was greatly involved in the recovery efforts and in creating this documentary website.
Every Halloween, Shawn Feeney carves into a pumpkin the likeness of a musician who died since the previous Halloween. This year, he chose Adam “MCA” Yauch.
Check out the complete series, including time-lapse videos of all the carvings on Shawn’s Memorial Jack-o-lanterns page.
The Secret Life of Midi -
I’m very proud of my youngest brother, Amino, for being featured in The New Yorker. If you’re in New York, you should go listen to his trio Dawn of Midi, who will be performing their latest album (due out in 2013) live at Joe’s Pub on November 24.
How a dream team of engineers from Facebook, Twitter, and Google built the software that drove Barack Obama's reelection -
They created the most sophisticated email fundraising program ever. The digital team, under Rospars leadership, took their data-driven strategy to a new level. Any time you received an email from the Obama campaign, it had been tested on 18 smaller groups and the response rates had been gauged. The campaign thought all the letters had a good chance of succeeding, but the worst-performing letters did only 15 to 20 percent of what the best-performing emails could deliver. So, if a good performer could do $2.5 million, a poor performer might only net $500,000. The genius of the campaign was that it learned to stop sending poor performers.
Obama became the first presidential candidate to appear on Reddit, the massive popular social networking site. And yes, he really did type in his own answers with Goff at his side. One fascinating outcome of the AMA is that 30,000 Redditors registered to vote after President dropped in a link to the Obama voter registration page. Oh, and the campaign also officially has the most tweeted tweet and the most popular Facebook post. Not bad. I would also note that Laura Olin, a former strategist at Blue State Digital who moved to the Obama campaign, ran the best campaign Tumblr the world will probably ever see.
Throwable mic to liven up event participation
Lectures and talks are traditionally one-sided affairs but can become monotonous for audiences if they are not able to voice their own opinion. We’ve already seen Screen.io provide extra content and a channel for feedback through unique event URLs, but the Catchbox is a wireless throwable microphone that aims to liven up seminars by easily enabling audience participation. READ MORE…
TUMBLE THE VOTE!
Tomorrow is The Big Day - and while all our blogging and live GIFing has undoubtedly prepared you to exercise your civic duty with glee, here are a few more Tumblrs we recommend consulting in these last remaining hours to equip, inform, entertain and inspire you:
Our Time - Pledge to vote today & prep for tomorrow by looking up your polling place. Watch their newest video from Errol Morris to find out how to respond to your friends who say they’re not voting.
TheBallot.org - It’s easy to lose sight of the fact that there’s a lot more at stake in this election than who fills the office of the President. Hit up TheBallot to familiarize yourself with your local ticket, customize your ballot, and share with friends to help inform their vote.
#GOVOTE - Over 100 artists have contributed new, original designs to the movement to Get Out The Vote on Nov 6. Collect them all!
CNN’s Change the List - Can this new experimental project from CNN succeed in moving Hawaii up the ranks from the lowest voter turnout in America? Stay tuned…
Current TV- Welcome Current to Tumblr this election season by following their election day live-tumbling tomorrow.
Dispatch - A new app from Columbia, Stanford, and Tumblr will be beta-tested on Election Day in NYC - sign up to be part of the testing team, or just tune in tomorrow for live photographic coverage of New Yorkers’ post-Sandy experience at the polls.
We’re excited to have our final, all-star team of guest editors Ari Melber & ShortFormBlog continuing their work right here through Election Day (or until we have a President-elect, whichever comes first). And you can always track the Election 2012 tag for much more election-related content from across the Tumblrverse.
Finally, to celebrate Election Day on Tumblr we’re mashing up GPOY with GOTV and asking you to post photos of yourself voting/at your polling place/with your ballot ready to mail in/wearing your “I Voted” sticker and tag it #GPOTV. If you’ve already voted early, start posting now!
(Source: storyboard, via gov)
Recovers.org - prepare your community before a disaster hits -
If you’re in Red Hook, Astoria, the Lower East Side, or Staten Island, and need help, or if you’re anywhere in NYC and want to help, recovers.org has an up-to-date list of locations that need assistance, and what they need.
Our American endorsement: America could do better than Barack Obama; sadly, Mitt Romney does not fit the bill.