It’s been said that Helen of Troy had a face that launched a thousand ships. So what? First Lady Michelle Obama gave a speech Tuesday night that launched thousands and thousands of tweets.
The First Lady's opening night speech at the Democratic National Convention was a micro-blogging smash hit, garnering over 28,000 tweets per minute—nearly twice as many as GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney earned during his Republican National Convention keynote address last week. (Romney topped out at 14,289 tweets per minute.)
Mrs. Obama's speech was just one part of an all-out 140-character beatdown executed by supporters of the United States' Democratic party. According to stats from Twitter, users posted more than three million tweets that included #DNC2012 or related terms Tuesday night.
By contract, the Republican National Convention and its corresponding hashtag #RNC2012 only elicited four million tweets throughout its entire three-day run.
Obama's mark is noteworthy, but certainly not challenging any records. In Dec. 2011, a rerun of the 1986 Japanese anime classic Castle in the Sky sparked a whopping 25,088 tweets per second, which is more than 60 times more tweets per minute than Obama evoked last night.
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