Last year was the year of the YouTube debates. Maybe this is the year of the Google primaries. Starting tonight, Google will have real-time results of the Iowa caucuses posted on an interactive map. On its blog, the company is declaring is promoting tonight's coverage as a "front-row seat" to the elections.
As well, Google-owned YouTube has partnered with the Gannett-owned Des Moines Register to ask people to submit their own videos to a special channel devoted to tonight's event. (As of 9:45 MST this morning, there were 184 videos posted.) Given all the talk about how search engines make lots of money off of simply aggregating the work done by struggling media companies, this is an interesting partnership and effort to bring original content to the masses.