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Obama shatters Twitter records with historic win

Election night was the most Tweeted event ever, beating out first presidential debate

Technology trends and news by Steven Loeb
November 7, 2012 | Comments
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In case you haven’t heard, President Obama won reelection last night. And he kind of won big, taking every single state he took in 2008 except North Carolina. (The Florida results are not in yet, but he seems to be leading there too.) 

But, as if he had to add insult to injury, Obama was not just content with trouncing Romney in the electoral college last night. He also had to kick everyone else's butt on Twitter too.

Last night saw three records broken: Election Night had the most Tweets per minute,  the most retweeted Tweet, and became the most Tweeted about event in U.S. political history.

As it was announced that the President had emerged victorious last night, Twitter absolutely exploded, setting a new record of 327,452 Tweets per minute, shattering the previous record of 116,000 TPM set by the Spice Girls during this summer’s London Olympics (wow, doesn’t that seem like it happened a lifetime ago at this point?)

Obama also now has the most retweeted tweet of all time, with this photograph that he put up right before going out to give his victory speech:

The photo has been retweeted 663,484 times, and has been Liked on Facebook 3,265,061 times.

The previous retweet record had been held by Justin Beiber, when he Tweeted his condolences regarding Avalanna Routh, a young girl who died of brain cancer, which was then retweeted 223,408 times.

Last night also saw a record 31 million Tweets sent out, making Election Night the most Tweeted about event in U.S. political history. The record has previously been set in early October, when the first debate between Obama and Romney had 10.3 million tweets in 90 minutes.

The other big moments of the night all occured when various state races were called.

When a winner was delcared in Iowa at 11:12 Eastern Time, it resulted in 85,273 TPM. When the states of Pennsylvania and Wisconsin were declared to have been won by Obama at 9:33 Eastern Time, leading to 69,031 TPM. And when the Associated Press called the races in  Illinois, Connecticut, Maine, D.C., Delaware, Rhode Island, Maryland, and Massachusetts at 8:03, it resulted in 65,106 TPM.

Other notable Tweets from Election Night

As Obama won, Tweets came pouring in from other leaders around the world, including British Prime Minister David Cameron, Prime Minister of Malaysia Najib Razak and Austrialian Prime Minister Julia Gillard.

And then there were the Tweets that came from the other winners last night, including those in the Senate like Elizabeth Warren, who won a senate seat in Massachusetts

Ted Cruz, who won a senate seat in Texas, Tweeted this picture of his victory speech:

And there is Tammy Baldwin, who won the United States Senate election in Wisconsin, becoming the first openly gay Senator-elect. Based on these two Tweets alone, I like her already.

(Image source: http://www.ijreview.com)


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