Your Twitter feed could be an invaluable resource on Election Day. Or it could be a high-volume zoo, as many complained it was during the debates, with literally billions of characters of snark and misinformation clogging your feed and drowning out informative nuggets.
There are a few ways to make your feed more useful during the inevitable Election Day onslaught, particularly through lists and hashtags.
Though #election2012 is the offiicial one the folks at @Gov, Twitter's politics arm, are promoting, it could be too bloated to be terribly useful by the time results start pouring in. Instead, you can search by state, using the hashtags for your state and its abbreviation.
If you’re closely following a House, Senate or governor’s race, you can usually find tweets about those contests using a state abbreviation, + Gov, Sen, or congressional district number. For example, “Poll shows Scott Brown tied with Elizabeth Warren in #MASen” or “Moran wins reelection in #VA08.”
Lists of trusted sources will also come in handy. Here are a few topical @PostPolitics Twitter lists you can follow: PostPolitics reporters and editors covering the campaign; reporters and national news outlets covering the campaign, and the candidates, their running mates and spouses. The Forum tab in our PostPolitics iPad app displays several lists of top political tweeters, sorted by party affiliation.
Is there a hashtag or list you're using to filter your feed or follow the race in your area? Tell us about it in the comments or tweet me (@ngjennings), and we'll update this post with your recommendations Monday afternoon.
There is no way to filter out the misinformation that can run amok on Twitter, but Poynter has a good list of ways to avoid social media mistakes on Election Day, such as verifying photos and figuring out whether a source can be trusted.
More Twitter election tools from WashingtonPost.com:
@MentionMachine tracks who’s getting tweeted about most
See what Obama and Romney have tweeted Monday.