Presidential Debate Sets Twitter Record

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If you followed last night’s debate on television and Twitter, you weren’t alone.

USA Today reports that the debate was the most tweeted event in political history — a record 10.3 million tweets during the 90-minute debate.

From USA Today:

The high point, however, didn’t belong to either candidate, according to Twitter.

Moderator Jim Lehrer’s quip “let’s not” to Romney, who asked to move on to a different debate topic, generated a whopping 158,690 tweets per minute (TPM) at its peak. Lehrer’s handling of the questioning and pacing of the debate opened the veteran journalist to criticism and sparked a parody Twitter account.

Other comments that sent debate-watchers to Twitter: Obama’s retort “I had 5 seconds” when protesting he still had time on the clock generated more than 152,000 TPM at its peak. As for substantive issues, the discussion about Medicare came in third with nearly 150,000 tweets per minute.

Big Bird did well too — 17,000 tweets per minute — after Mitt Romney said he would cut funding to PBS.

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