Obama vs. McCain: It's Twitter time

The YouTube debate was so 2007. Representatives for the two candidates are going head to head right now in a Twitter debate sponsored by the Personal Democracy Forum.

And we thought the YouTube and Facebook presidential debates were all that.

The latest in debate 2.0 is a campaign face-off on Twitter sponsored by the Personal Democracy Forum that started Friday and is expected to go on at least through the end of the organization's annual conference on Tuesday night.

With a focus on technology and government, the debate is being moderated by Time magazine blogger Anna Marie Cox. The McCain campaign is represented by Liz Mair, the online communications director of the Republican National Committee. The Obama campaign is represented by Mike Nelson, a Georgetown University professor who served in the Clinton White House under Vice President Gore on tech policy issues.

It's yet another interesting use of technology to engage voters in the campaign , so long as they don't mind sorting through posts that while succinct (Twitter has a 140-character limit for individual Tweets), are already plentiful. And we can only hope that the geek community's beloved Twitter doesn't crash amid the traffic .

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