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Election Night On Twitter: 31 Million Tweets, New Retweet Record, Donald Trump Goes Insane

The 2012 U.S. Presidential Election was always going to be a huge deal for Twitter, both in how (as a technical entity) the bird coped with the massive influx of tweets, links and media, but also in how Twitter, the brand, will likely springboard from November 6 into an exponentially bigger and more vital organisation and platform that will now see rapid adoption and growth around the world.

All-told, Twitter coped pretty well. I did notice some API errors around midnight but they were fleeting, and it’s impressive that it all held up as robustly as it did: some 31 million tweets about the election were sent yesterday, with the conversation peaking at a heady 327,452 tweets per minute (TPM).

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Why This Will Be The Election That Breaks Twitter (But Not In The Way That You Think)

Buzzfeed has an interesting look at how the U.S. Presidential Election will impact Twitter, inasmuch as the inevitable influx of tweets from all quarters of the planet announcing and analysing every single aspect of the election will, for all intents and purposes, leave Twitter largely impotent and (dare I say it) useless for anyone who isn’t interested in announcing and analysing every single aspect of the election.

The person that America decides to elect as President is and should be important to everybody – not just folks in the USA. But what should matter and what does matter rarely goes hand-in-hand, and suffice to say for every tweet proactively reporting about the election, there will be another tweet complaining about the coverage (or about Twitter’s coverage specifically, which is when it all gets very meta).

Bottom line: Twitter is going to be busy. Very busy. Will it stand up to the strain?

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What If The 2012 Presidential Elections Were Decided On Facebook And Twitter? [INFOGRAPHIC]

Who would win the 2012 presidential elections if the vote was decided right now by the popularity of the individual candidates on Twitter and Facebook?

Well, perhaps not all that surprisingly, it would be current President Barack Obama, who has over five times as many Twitter followers as all the Republican candidates combined. But what about the opposition?

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