As the country gears up for Lok Sabha elections, tech companies are doing their part to ensure we vote and more importantly, vote wisely. Facebook has now launched an India Election Tracker app that helps you keep a track of all the politicians or parties that are being discussed on the social network. Towards the end of last year Google too had set up a similar Elections Portal, which offered detailed information about politicians, political parties and also helped people understand the electoral process. Also Read - WhatsApp Multi-device support confirmed, public beta rollout begins in two months: Mark Zuckerberg
The app shows the top-ranked politicians or political party in terms of the buzz they are creating on Facebook and using a graph, it visually shows the dips and spikes in the buzz. In addition to this, the app also lets users vote on which is a more pressing issue which includes education, jobs, healthcare, and corruption in the country that needs to be addressed.
This is not the only election-centric service launched by Facebook. It has also created a live channel where politicians will speak to people. You can watch Mamata Banerjee speak on this channel at 8:00PM tonight. Last year, Facebook had also tied-up with Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) to provide information on any neta or party on one s phone for free.
The latest initiative by Facebook though seems a bit half-hearted; especially when you consider the app it created for the US Presidential elections. Comparatively, Google s Election Portal is busier in terms of design and boasts more relevant information. If you on a lookout for more information on a particular neta, you can also visit one of these five websites.