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The U.S. 2012 election night was the most tweeted event in the country's political history

A Twitter post by newly re-elected President Barack Obama scored the title of most popular tweet last night, further marking the power of social networks in the elections (and just about everything we do). 

At 11:16 p.m. EST last night, Obama posted a tweet that said "Four more years," which included a picture of him hugging his wife, Michelle Obama. Just 22 minutes after this was posted, it became the most retweeted tweet in history. As of this morning, it nearly tripled at more than 635,000 retweets. 

Another tweet from Obama last night quickly became the second most-tweeted post. The tweet said, "This happened because of you. Thank you."

This further proves that social networking (in this case, mainly Twitter) plays a major role in several sectors of our lives. We don't just use it to tell the world that we ate a bowl of macaroni and cheese anymore -- its power is leveraged to help presidents win elections.

According to Rachael Horwitz, a Twitter spokeswoman, there were 31 million tweets related to the election last night (23 million of these were between 6 p.m. and midnight EST alone). Only minutes after Obama's win, there was a peak of 327,000 tweets per minute. Horwitz said the U.S. 2012 election night was the most tweeted event in the country's political history.

"Twitter brought people closer to almost every aspect of the election this year," said Horwitz. "From breaking news, to sharing the experience of watching the debates, to interacting directly with the candidates, Twitter became a kind of nationwide caucus."  

Source: Twitter

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RE: Adding Insult to Injury...
By Master Kenobi on 11/7/2012 2:48:52 PM , Rating: 5
"The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter." -Winston Churchill

If and when that quote is no longer true, you might finally have some progress. Until then, it's just a "who will give me more of what I think I deserve" style of election. Hence why candidates always overpromise and undeliver. If someone attempted to run a campaign on promises that they know they could hold, they would never be elected.

RE: Adding Insult to Injury...
By Manch on 11/7/2012 6:26:36 PM , Rating: 3
Well the Entitlement Generation has spoken so to all of you that have worked your fingers to the bone for what you have, prepare to give some of it up so they can do nothing.

"Paying an extra $500 for a computer in this environment -- same piece of hardware -- paying $500 more to get a logo on it? I think that's a more challenging proposition for the average person than it used to be." -- Steve Ballmer

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