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Presidential Debate Results: Twitter Record Set (Politico)
The presidential debate Wednesday night in Denver between President Barack Obama and GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney set a new Twitter record. The social network’s government and political team tweeted the news: “Tonight’s debate was the most tweeted about event in US political history, topping the numbers from the RNC and DNC.” The Next Web Twitter has revealed that 10.3 million tweets were sent out over the course of the 90-minute debate, with the peak coming around 9:53 p.m. Though Obama set a new record of his own last month by achieving 52,757 tweets per minute during his speech at the Democratic National Convention, Wednesday’s debate still generated more tweets than the DNC. AP Twitter said that shortly after Romney’s remarks — “I like PBS, I love Big Bird” — users were posting 17,000 tweets per minute mentioning Big Bird. Viewers commenting online quickly turned on the performance of moderator Jim Lehrer, lambasting him as too lenient on the candidates, which went trending as Poor Jim. TechCrunch What Twitter has done is remove the political trends and influence out of the hands of journalists and into the hands of regular folks. You don’t need a blog to be passionate and informative, you don’t have to be someone “special” with publishing rights at a big important publication to make a difference. Mashable In case you missed the debate, here is a basic recap of what happened in GIF form. Some of this narrative was actually exaggerated, but since you’ll need to check out the archived livestream or find another way online, you might as well get the spiced up version. Lost Remote Trying to watch a debate while tracking fact-checking is exhausting. I imagine many Americans preferred seeing their friends’ witty reactions on Twitter or live-GIFs over on Tumblr. continued…
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