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Social Media’s Impact on Debate

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EUGENE, Ore. — Eleven-point-one million tweets–that’s how many 140-character messages were posted on Twitter during Wednesday night’s presidential debate, making it the most tweeted events in political history.

Popular topics tweeted included Romney’s comment about cutting PBS funding, also reviews of both candidates, as well as opinions on mediator Jim Lehrer’s performance.

The tweet tally amounted to 22 times more messages posted than all four of the 2008 presidential debates combined. That number still doesn’t mean everyone was keen on the keyboard.

One social media analysis found 55 percent of Internet posts about the debate came from women.

Outside of the political realm, the debate ranked fourth on the list of most-tweeted telecasts of all-time — behind the Grammy’s, MTV Video Music Awards and the Superbowl.

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