With the Republican National Convention kicking off today and only a few months until the presidential election, CNN has partnered with Facebook to present "real-time Election Insights." This data promises to reveal the number of people talking on Facebook about President Barack Obama, Vice-President Joe Biden, Mitt Romney, and Ron Paul at any given time. There are a number of different views available, including by state, age, and gender; there are also different time views ranging from the last seven days to the last 12 hours.
Of course, you can "contribute to the conversation" through your facebook account right on the page, and the data will be featured on a number of CNN programs. It's not at all surprising to see Facebook start sharing this data — in a lot of ways, it's similar to the Twitter Political Index that launched at the beginning of the month. By the time November 7th rolls around, we'll be able to see which social network did a better job at predicting the outcome of this year's presidential election.