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.