Google’s website for the 2007 Federal Election was one of the many sites I relied on heavily in the lead up to that election. That world-first service included an election mapplet—with the electorates marked out and information including the incumbent member, the candidates contesting that election, the margin, links Google News, YouTube, the ABC and other services, and a history of the seat—for Google Maps, links to the party’s YouTube channels and Google’s Australia Votes channel and a string of iGoogle gadgets. Such a service from Google was sadly lacking from this election. Until this morning of course when Google launched their 2010 Federal Election landing page. Another outcome of Google’s 20% rule, the 2010 suite includes: A Google Maps mapplet with electorates, colour-coding to indicate tipped outcome and…

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