Sure, you can catch the 2016 Republican National Convention (RNC) live on TV when the GOP takes over Cleveland from July 18 to 21. But with presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump sharing so much on Twitter and Facebook, the real action may be online.

RNC planners say they will focus on giving their digital and social channels a much bigger role. "There has never been a digital operation built quite like this one for a convention," said Audrey Scagnelli, national press secretary for the RNC. "We are working to have people feel like they are part of the experience."

Here are the many ways you can follow the Republican National Convention and other election news and forecasts. (The Democrats hold their convention in Philadelphia from July 25 to 28 -- see our guide to following the DNC.)

Official RNC 2016 app

Today the RNC launched the RNC 2016 Official App (iOS, Android), which will offer live gavel-to-gavel video of the convention, including a 3D feed; an events schedule; speaker biographies; and, for those attending, maps of the Quicken Loans Arena and surrounding neighborhoods.

RNC 2016 Official App

Watch the RNC live on YouTube

If you'd rather watch on the Web than on TV, the RNC YouTube channel will show live coverage from beginning to end. Go behind the scenes with a second YouTube feed that will focus on the speakers' post-speech activities. Or get immersive with a 3D stream that takes you inside the arena.

The RNC on YouTube

The RNC gets social

Scagnelli says that the convention will use longform stories on Medium and shortform tweets to get its message out.

Twitter Live will stream the convention in app and on the Web, with live video and commentary from CBSN (CBS News' online news service) and an accompanying feed of convention-related tweets.

In between will be videos and images on the convention's Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat (@gopconvention16) accounts to show you more than what's on TV.

The RNC on Instagram

"We want to use our digital channels to tell the stories of the delegates and the people here," Scagnelli said. "The convention is more than just speeches and balloon drops."

Other sites for following and forecasting the election

Of course, you don't have to get your convention coverage from the RNC. For nonpartisan insights, news and tech sites will offer many ways to track the action and forecast election results:

  • Google Trends will let you track trending news from the convention.
  • The Associated Press, in conjunction with Twitter and Google, will display what's driving Google search and Twitter conversations during the week.
  • The FiveThirtyEight blog is running a 2016 election forecast, where you can see state-by-state election simulations.
  • NPR's interactive site, The 270 Project, lets you try out different voting scenarios to see what it would take for either major candidate to win this fall.
NPR's The 270 Project
Clifford Colby follows the Mac and Android markets for Download.com. He's been an editor at Peachpit Press and a handful of now-dead computer magazines, including MacWeek, MacUser, and Corporate Computing.