Friday Poll: We the ppl--imagining a digital 1776

Twitter, cell phones, Google Docs: which tool of the Digital Age would have had the greatest influence on the course of American history?

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Digital in 1776
Which use of a modern-day tool would have most influenced the course of American history?

Jefferson using all@KingGeorgeSucks.com to keep in touch
Google Docs to keep changes to the Constitution in order
Benjamin Franklin inventing the Internet
George Washington chopping down a cell tower
Adams tweeting "Jefferson still survives" on his deathbed



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Happy (almost) Fourth of July!

Two hundred thirty-three years ago, our nation's founders declared independence from Great Britain. But nailing down a final version of the Declaration of Independence took time, with the writers (or more likely their couriers) flitting about on horses with drafts, as the authors debated phrasing and passed edits around.

That got us thinking: which tool of the Digital Age would have had the greatest influence on the course of American history? Vote in our poll, and as always, chime in with your own ideas in the TalkBack section below.

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    With more than 15 years experience testing hardware (and being obsessed with it), Crave freelance writer Matt Hickey can tell the good gadgets from the great. He also has a keen eye for future technology trends. Matt has blogged for publications including TechCrunch, CrunchGear, and most recently, Gizmodo. Matt is a member of the CNET Blog Network and is not an employee of CBS Interactive. E-mail Matt.

     

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