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President Obama’s DNC Speech Set Tweets-Per-Minute Record, Bill Clinton Ties With “Honey Boo Boo”

President Barack Obama’s speech may have had TV pundits divided but it still proved immensely popular with the most discerning critics: tweeters. The POTUS’s acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention last night drew 52,756 tweets per minute, setting a new record for a political moment on the popular social media site.

According to Twitter’s blog, Obama’s top five peaks in tweets per minute were higher that any other speaker’s from either convention. The most tweeted moments in his speech were:

-43,646: “I’m no longer just the candidate, I’m the President”
-39,002: “I will never turn medicare into a voucher”
-38,597: Discussing Medicare
-37,694: “We don’t think government can solve all our problems…”
-34,572: Quips about the Olympics and “Cold War mind warp”

On Thursday, there were more than 4 million tweets posted about the DNC alone — about the same number of tweets sent during the entire Republican National Convention. Twitter is also running a political index during election season that scores each candidate on their Twitter popularity. And Obama is handing it to Romney with a current score of 52 to 9. So if the election is decided over Twitter, Dems have nothing to worry about.

Elsewhere in media, Bill Clinton’s speech at the DNC on Wednesday proved at least as popular as Honey Boo Boo, the TLC reality show that beat out the RNC in ratings last week among 18-49 year-olds in the 10 pm time slot. Honey Boo Boo pulled in 2.4 million viewers, a 20% drop from the previous week. While numbers for President Obama’s speech are not out as yet, he had to compete against the MTV VMAs, which drew its biggest audience ever last year with 12.4 million viewers.

By:           Les Fabian Brathwaite
On:           Sep 7, 2012
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  • 3 Comments
    • Cam
      Cam

      Cue the Log Cambiners in a few seconds to come in here and list out a bunch of attacks on the Democrats that will…coincidentally…leave out any mention of gay issues. Of course they can’t discuss gay issues because …

      Romney went before the Congress asking for an amendment to the U.S. Constitution outlawying gay marriage.
      Romney said he would not have signed the DADT repeal.
      Romney fired a gay staffer after Tea Party members said he should not have a gay employee.
      The GOP has a platform that seeks to deny gays rights.
      The GOP is using outside funds to continue to defend DOMA in court after Obama instructed the DOJ to stop defending the law and said that it should be repealed.

      Obama signed the DADT repeal.
      The Democrats pushed through that repeal.
      Obama has instructed the DOJ to stop defending DOMA in court.
      Obama has come out in favor of gay marriage.

      So of COURSE Log Cabin is desperate to talk about ANYTHING other than gay issues. They don’t care about gay rights or gay issues. And as for GOProud, if you have ever looked at their board members, the majority of them aren’t gay.

      Sep 7, 2012 at 12:23 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Mjl-428
      Mjl-428

      @Cam: you know now, they’ll just mention that Obama flip-flopped on Gay issues, citing his previous opposition back in 2008, but will completely ignore the fact that Romney flipped on it as well. and in the wrong direction.
      and completely neglect that this entire time, Gays have been the target of the GOP throughout this entire time, especially in the primaries, where the gay community had a bullseye painted on it and it was a competition of who can shoot the community the best.

      Sep 7, 2012 at 7:35 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Diogenes
      Diogenes

      This would be more meaningful if it weren’t for the news that something on the order of 70% of the President’s twitter followers are false accounts.

      It’s an increasingly common tool to generate false buzz.

      http://mashable.com/2012/08/24/obama-has-13-million-fake-twitter-followers-report/

      Sep 8, 2012 at 8:26 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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