Besides being the live-streaming provider for the conventions, Google and its video site, YouTube, have taken over a large slice of the Tampa convention center where thousands of journalists are stowed. The company has built a media lounge done up in Googly colors, festooned with screens displaying all manner of data, and tricked out with dot-com office perks like a mobile phone-charging station and free coffee (including espresso drinks) provided by a local coffee shop. (And, as this article demonstrates, you can never go wrong providing the media with stuff.)
The buzzy lounge's centerpiece is a glassed-in studio where journos from partners like The New York Times and Washington Post yak about political goings on, content that is then streamed in Google+ Hangouts and on YouTube's Politics hub. According to a spokeswoman, Google has 20 employees on the ground, including production, support -- and even some engineers working on 20% time, the company's program for supporting its workforce's side projects.
Meanwhile, Facebook and Twitter are operating out of a comparative hovel that , noticeably, yields no free coffee. Along with Eventbrite, they're sharing a tiny space tucked deep into a ginormous upper-floor of the convention center, not far from the foreign press area. They've got a couch and decorations that include startup-culture type signage with mantras like "Move Fast and Break Things" and "Proceed and Be Bold."