Thursday, October 04, 2012

I'm Tweeting!

Do you Tweet?  I do!

I finally got the hang of Tweeting yesterday.  Last night, during the presidential debate I was Tweeting up a storm.  Incidentally, I heard where a new Tweet record was set last night for the most Tweets during a political event.  10.3 million tweets!

The first presidential debate between President Obama and Mitt Romney last night broke Twitter records - thanks in part to a big yellow bird.
Users set a new Twitter record for U.S. politics as more than 10 million tweets hit the micro-blogging service with real-time comments on pundits, platforms, and fellow voters.
The most popular topics of the night, according to Twitter: Moderator Jim Lehrer's "Let's not" quip when Gov. Mitt Romney requested a topic, President Barack Obama's "I had five seconds" comment when Lehrer provided a time limit, and discussion about Medicare and vouchers.
Live-tweeting from the comfort of their living rooms, viewers did their best to fact check the statistics and promises made by the candidates.
Obama and Romney weren't the only focus of the event, though. PBS's Lehrer earned himself a parody account (Silent Jim Lehrer) and hundreds of thousands of messages assessing his moderator abilities. Meanwhile, the breakout star of the night was not one of the candidates or even the host, but rather a certain tall yellow resident of Sesame Street.
During a discussion on government spending, Romney promised to cut federal funding for Lehrer's employer, PBS, though he declared that he liked Big Bird, who also calls PBS home. That declaration prompted a quarter million tweets about the Muppet.
SnappyTV also followed the Twitter frenzy, noting that, aside from "Big Bird," the most popular debate topics were taxes, the economy, and healthcare - particularly the Obamacare moniker.
The president has a habit of overloading the Internet when he takes center stage, earning a grand total of 52,756 Obama-related tweets per minute following September's DNC nomination speech. The convention garnered more than 9.5 million tweets overall, more than the 4 million pulled in by the GOP convention days before.
According to the Twitter Political Index daily gauge, which was updated Wednesday, Romney is leading the microblog's polls by one point, though still lags behind Obama with 1.2 million followers, compared to the incumbent's 10 millon-plus followers.

I was among those 10 million tweets folks.  And it was fun!
From as long as I can remember I've written letters to the editor, my congressman, and sent e-mails to various and sundry folks to whom I wished to express my opinion.  
Now I can sit in the comfort of my own home, glued to the TV and send an instant brain fart to someone I see on TV.  I love it!
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Kyle Leach said...

Glad you had a good time Ron. :)

Amanda said...

No twitting for me, but everybody else in my business does.

Harpers Keeper said...

You've inspired me. I created a Twitter account when I first got a smart phone but have never done anything with it. I have updated my profile info, added a picture and am following your tweets.

anne marie in philly said...

nope, never will. doesn't interest me.

Ron said...

I used to say the same thing Anne Marie. But now I have a good use for it. I enjoy tweeting and I expect you will too eventually.


Ron said...

Harper's Keeper,

Send me you Twitter name by e-mail so I can follow you. I put your name in (which I won't mention here) but it didn't come up.



Ron said...

I think you will eventually Nadege. :)


Ron said...

I thoroughly enjoyed fully tweeting for the first time Kyle. It's a shame that I had to do it during last night's disastrous performance.


nitewrit said...


I've had a Twitter account almost from the beginning of Twitter. I only Tweet my Blog posts. Got a bunch of followers. Never saw much use for it. Never use it. I look at it occasionally, all these Tweets. Who has time to run down all these tweets scattered through the day.