President Obama’s Speech Sets New Political Tweets RecordBy: Josh Wolford - September 7, 2012
Last night in Charlotte, President Obama accepted the Democratic Party’s nomination to run for a second term. This (and a few other high-profile speeches) made the final night of the DNC the most buzzed-about night across both conventions, in terms of Twitter.
President Obama’s acceptance speech set a new record for tweets per minute during a political moment. At the conclusion of his speech, Twitter saw 52,756 TPM concerning the President.
Here are some of the other moments that saw spikes in TPM:
- 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”
By comparison, Mitt Romney only garnered 14,289 TPM at the height of his speech. Before the President spoke, the person that had seen the most Twitter buzz throughout the conventions was First Lady Michelle Obama, who saw 28,003 TPM at the conclusion of her speech.
Former President Clinton saw 22,087 TPM, and Vice President Joe Biden scored 17,932.
The Democrats generated more than double the Twitter buzz that the Republicans did over the course of their convention. By the end of the night, the DNC had generated over 9.5 million tweets. The RNC generated just over 4 million last week.
To put it all in perspective and to show just how much Twitter has grown since the 2008 election: those 4 million tweets more than double the amount of tweets sent globally on election day 2008 – about ALL topics.