Obama pic sets record for retweets
November 8, 2012
Viewership for this year’s presidential election results may have been down on television, but it set some records online.
Barack Obama’s tweet announcing that he had won re-election became the most-retweeted tweet in the history of Twitter.
Issued at 11:16 p.m. Eastern time, just minutes after most of the networks had declared him the winner, Obama’s tweet said simply “four more years” and linked to a photo of him embracing wife Michelle Obama.
The photo was retweeted more than 781,000 times as of this morning.
And the same picture posted on Facebook became the most-liked photo in the site’s eight-year history, drawing more than 3.9 million “likes” as of this morning.
Twitter clearly saw an election boost. The site reported 30,000 tweets per second at the height of the election results tabulating on Tuesday night, and it served up 31 million election-related tweets on the day.
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