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This article was published on May 10, 2012


    Incredible, Obama’s same-sex marriage tweet close to 50,000 RTs in 7 hours

    Incredible, Obama’s same-sex marriage tweet close to 50,000 RTs in 7 hours
    Jon Russell
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    Jon Russell

    Jon Russell was Asia Editor for The Next Web from 2011 to 2014. Originally from the UK, he lives in Bangkok, Thailand. You can find him on T Jon Russell was Asia Editor for The Next Web from 2011 to 2014. Originally from the UK, he lives in Bangkok, Thailand. You can find him on Twitter, Angel List, LinkedIn.

    Earlier today (US time) President Barack Obama made a huge move when he publicly endorsed same-sex marriage, and his announcement on Twitter is close to passing 50,000 retweets.

    Obama’s team is particularly digital media savvy and, as is so often the case with his announcements, the corresponding tweet has been retweeted left, right and center. It easily passed the maximum ’50+’ RT counter that Twitter displays for tweets but you can keep up with the live tally thanks to retweetingobama.com.

    This screenshot is taken less than 7 hours after the tweet was sent, and it’s now closing in on 50,000 RTs  – astonishing.

    The really basic but brilliantly informative site was created by @BaconSeason — aka Michael Schonfeld — an “evangelist/hacker” at Web payment firm Dwolla, who posted it to Hacker News.

    Schonfeld says he used Twitter’s ‘rest API’ to make it and will consider building similar websites for other “tweets of substance in the future.

    We’ve contacted Twitter to see if Obama’s tweet is a record, certainly we’ve not heard of many to have seen so much action in less than 12 hours.