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Obama, election break Twitter records

November 07, 2012|By Salvador Rodriguez
  • A photo uploaded to President Obama's Twitter account became the most retweeted tweet in the history of the social network Tuesday night.
A photo uploaded to President Obama's Twitter account became the… (Twitter )

Reelection wasn't President Obama's only accomplishment Tuesday. He also had the most retweeted tweet of all time.

Following several TV networks declaring him the winner, Obama's Twitter account sent out a tweet saying "Four more years" along with a picture of himself hugging First Lady Michelle Obama.

That tweet has now been retweeted more than 660,000 times. The tweet has received nearly three times as many retweets as the previous record holder, a tweet sent out by Justin Bieber in September, according to Mediabistro.

Additionally, election night itself also broke a Twitter record.

Throughout the day more than 31 million election-related Tweets were sent out. That made election day 2012 the most tweeted-about event in U.S. political history, surpassing the 10-million mark set on Oct. 3 by the first presidential debate of the election. 

"Twitter brought people closer to almost every aspect of the election this year," Twitter spokeswoman Rachael Horwitz told Reuters. "From breaking news, to sharing the experience of watching the debates, to interacting directly with the candidates, Twitter became a kind of nationwide caucus."

Following the announcement of Obama's reelection, the record for tweets per minute was also broken. The site peaked at 327,452 TPM.

According to VentureBeat, that breaks the previous TPM record of 116,000 set this year during the Olympics closing ceremony when the Spice Girls had a reunion performance.

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