Of course one of the big stories of the year is going to be the presidential elections. Obama, Clinton, Huckabee, Paul – it seems like every minute there is a new piece of gossip, a new revelation, an underdog becoming a front runner and a new poll that won’t even be close to predicting the true outcome.
That’s the premise behind today’s idea – a browser plug-in that displays up-to-the-minute information around the latest election news. The format could be in the form of a CNN-style running ticker across the top of your browser. News items could be color-coded (blue for democratic, red for republican) and formatted to easily separate the huge stories from the minor ones (big bold font to indicate the big bold stories). Of course, if you find the constantly-running ticker to be extremely annoying, users would have the option to change to a more static visual style (for example, five key stories that update every 15 minutes, or a minimalistic version where a little clickable icon appears only when a major news story hits).