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US election sparks over 300,000 tweets per minute

Half a million retweets for President Obama
Wed Nov 07 2012, 10:12
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THE US ELECTION was red hot news on Twitter last night, with the microblogging service saying it saw over 300,000 tweets per minute.

That's a lot of traffic, even for Twitter, and it celebrated the surge of tweets in a blog post.

"As the results of the election were called by news organizations, the conversation on Twitter surged, hitting a peak of 327,452 Tweets per minute (TPM)," it said.

"Before President Obama took the stage to address the nation, he shared a special update on Twitter. As thousands of supporters cheered in Chicago, more than 455,000 (and counting) retweeted his celebratory message."

That celebratory message was a simple one. "Four more years", tweeted US President Barack Obama.

This was an election that was covered heavily on Twitter and many celebrities and public figures took to their Twitter accounts and urged their followers to vote.

Twitter said that the "campaign cycle unfolded" on its website, adding, "It's only fitting that for candidates nationwide, the journey also culminated here. After the votes were tallied, the candidates came to Twitter to share their final campaign Tweets."

Twitter was also the scene of the congratulatory embrace, and it was through Twitter that UK Prime Minister David Cameron sent best wishes to Obama.

"Warm congratulations to my friend. Look forward to continuing to work together," said Cameron. µ


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