Twitter broadcasting election buzz faster than other media

Tweetminster used Twitter "buzz" to predict the outcome of the election.

Twitter has been relaying news related to the UK General Election faster than other broadcast and print media, the Financial Times reported.

On the polling day on Thursday, tweets broadcasted the first news of the air crash of the United Kingdom Independent Party member Nigel Farage. Voters who had visited their local polling station - and relayed their location details using the "ukvote" tag - gave an indication of the voter turnout on poll day. Pictures shared on Twitter of queues outside polling stations soon after polling closed showed police turning people away at one station, while some even claimed civil unrest in some areas.

Sites such as Tweetminster, House of Twits and Tweety Hall have tracked political twitters before and during the campaign. Tweetminster used Twitter "buzz" to predict the outcome of the election: a hung parliament with the Tories on 35 per cent of the vote.