During his speech at the Democratic National Convention on Thursday, US President Barack Obama hit a new record for political moments on Twitter by inspiring 52,757 tweets per minute (TPM).
Twitter’s Government & Politics team announced the new record not long after Obama finished, noting that over 9.5 million tweets had been sent about the convention, with over 4 million coming in the final day. That compares to statistics from the Republican convention of 4 million total tweets and a peak tweet-per-minute rate of 14,289 for candidate Mitt Romney.
— Twitter Government (@gov) September 7, 2012
A subsequent blog post from Twitter outlined some of the most popular moments from the President’s speech and their respective TPM counts:
-43,646: “I’m no longer just the candidate, I’m the President”
-39,002: “I will never turn medicare into a voucher”
-38,597: Discussing Medicare
-37,694: “We don’t think government can solve all our problems…”
-34,572: Quips about the Olympics and “Cold War mind warp”
Vice President Joe Biden reached a peak of 17,932 TPM during his speech earlier in the evening. Former president Bill Clinton topped 22,000 TPM during his speech on Wednesday, and First Lady Michelle Obama had a max TPM of 28,003.
With Twitter continuing to grow at a rapid rate – stats revealed in March, showed 140 million users send 340 tweets per day – it seems likely that this record will be challenged as the President race heats up, with the microblogging service acting as a key communications channel.
Obama has turned to the Internet and social media for help in his reelection campaign. He hosted an “Ask Me Anything” Q&A on Reddit last week, bringing in record traffic of 4.4 million page views and 1.6 million unique visitors to the site. He also recently resumed posting to his personal Foursquare profile.