Workers continue the construction of the main stage Thursday in advance of the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla. J. David Ake/AP
The Republican and Democratic national conventions are, like everything else it seems, more social this year. Following the goings-on across platforms can be a challenge but rewards those who look around.
Here’s how to follow the conventions on social media:
Republican National Convention
The Republican National Convention runs Aug. 27-30 in Tampa, Fla., barring any interruption from Tropical Storm Isaac heading that way.
In addition to its main website for event information, the Republican National Convention has:
Watch live and recorded video on the RNC’s YouTube channel.
On Twitter, follow the hashtags #RNC2012 and #GOP2012 and the handle @GOPConvention.
On your mobile phone, text “convention” to 99000 to get Republican National Convention updates via text message.
Going to the convention or just want to live vicariously through those who do? Find out what to see, eat and drink in Tampa Bay on Pinterest.
Democratic National Convention
Organizers are asking people to share pictures of themselves on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Flickr with an “I’m there” sign telling President Obama you’ll be there, too. Print your own “I’m there” sign.
Learn more about the convention by checking in on Foursquare.
Use and follow the hashtag #DNC2012 during the Democratic National Convention.
Watch video on the convention YouTube channel.
More on the conventions
Broader election-related hashtags on Twitter include #Election2012, #Campaign2012, #2012, #tcot (short for “top conservatives on Twitter”) and #p2 (for progressives).
Gannett Co. Inc., the parent company of The Journal News and LoHud.com, has curated a list of reporters and columnists at the conventions to follow.
The conventions don’t appear to have gathering spots on Reddit, though you can follow all election-related news at Reddit.com/r/2012Elections.