Social Media Takes Big Role In Debate Watch Party

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Texas A&M University had an official debate watch party at the new Memorial Student Center where dozens of students were watching two different screens- the debate and social media websites.

For the first time, The Texas A&M communication department collaborated with 11 other universities across the nation like Syracuse University and the University of Pittsburgh. The communication departments at those schools decided on a specific hashtag. A hashtag is a keyword or topic embedded in a tweet on Twitter. That hashtag was used by students at these schools to share their opinions and take part in discussions about what was being debated.

Tweets were flowing in by several dozen students at Texas A&M University. The debate is approved by the Commission of Presidential Debates which is a national voter education program.

Organizers of the event say the party was a success.