US Presidential debate most tweeted political event ever

As the world becomes more connected, everyone wants to share their thoughts on major events. Whether it's a big sporting event, a natural disaster, or a political debate, the stream of information present in the Twitter-verse is staggering.

According to Mashable, last night's presidential debate generated 10.3 million tweets over the 90 minute event. Things started out relatively quiet, producing less than 25,000 tweets per minute over the first half hour of the debate. After that, the tweets per minute skyrocketed, topping out at nearly 158,000 tweets per minute at 9:53 eastern time. The total number of tweets set a new record for a political event, although we suspect that the record will be short lived given the constant expansion of social media.

So what can be done with this data? Using data analytics (with products such as Oracle's Exalytics appliance) on this "big data" can yield all manner of information that can be useful to both campaigns. For example, the candidates could mine the data to find what the sentiment is for a certain candidate by people in a certain state, county, or even city. This information can be used to help figure out where to spend campaign resources to help sway the elections, and we'd be shocked if data scientists weren't already pouring over the data to identify next moves for the each of the candidates.

Source: Mashable | Image Courtesy of Mashable

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The majority of the tweets were stupid and seemed like they were posted by 13 year olds. Up until the end of the debate the tweets still referenced Big Bird and poking run at the candidates rather than sharing any insightful opinion.

It might have been the most tweeted political event ever, but the majority of the tweets were worthless.

The Obama team is scrambling right now, trying to find a way of sneaking a teleprompter in to the next debate.

sava700 said,
Who really cares?

Judging by those numbers, apparently a lot of people did. (Not me, was watching Copper on the DVR, I'll pass.)

How many were from panic-riddled Democrats/lefties seeing the stunning inability of Obama to articulate a coherent thought?

shockz said,
Glad to see the usual suspects leaving their classy comments from the one side of the political spectrum.
Don't take his word for it, take if from Mr. Bill "I donated a million dollars to Obama" Maher:

"i can't believe i'm saying this, but Obama looks like he DOES need a teleprompter."

shockz said,
Glad to see the usual suspects leaving their classy comments from the one side of the political spectrum.

Unlikely your clearly unbiased response? Reality is that he was inarticulate and meandering. Don't take my word- look at what has been said by many, many others? Sorry if it hurts, but it is true.