If you spent any time on social media Wednesday night, chances are you were just as bombarded with news on the presidential candidate debates as people watching them live on television from their homes, offices, or the many bars and restaurants who hosted viewing venues.
We organized data collected by PeopleBrowsr to see what debates-related stories people were tweeting about most, and the results display some major themes surrounding this year’s race to presidency.
As you can see, some of the more generic terms like #debate and #debate2012 were the most popularly used. However - other trending hashtags like #zing and #mittlies reveal the popular discussions that had everyone glued to this event. These highlights were collected over a 24 hour period before, during, and after the event to capture the excitement from every angle.
We can also tell that Twitter users were significantly more talkative about Romney than Obama during the Debate, which is an uptick from norm weekly Twitter mention trends showing Twitter users tend to converse more frequently about Obama. Nonetheless, it is impossible to tell whether these mentions were positive or negative, and so measuring each candidate’s popularity by sheer numbers would be a complicated and confusing task.