DNC and Obama's speech set Twitter politics records


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By Devin Coldewey

At the end of President Obama's speech at the Democratic National Convention Thursday night, there were 52,756 tweets per minute with the hashtag #DNC2012 — which Twitter said was "a new record for political moments."

The number of people sharing their thoughts about Obama's nomination acceptance speech stayed high throughout, but several lines ("I'm no longer just the candidate, I'm the President," for instance) drew spikes in tweeting, with between 30,000 and 50,000 people weighing in or quoting the president.

He brought in more tweets than either the First Lady on the first night of the convention, or former President Bill Clinton, who spoke the second night, and who had peaks of 28,003 and 22,087 per minute respectively. Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney hit 14,289 tweets per minute at the end of his speech, the week before at the GOP convention — twice vice-presidential candidate Paul Ryan's 6,669 tweets per minute.

The total for the night was around 4 million tweets — more than all of the Republican National Convention combined, Twitter points out. The entire DNC had about 10 million tweets. All of these were overshadowed by MTV's Video Music Awards, which racked up 15 million tweets, or more than both conventions combined.

More information (and some choice tweets from celebrities and politicians) can be found on Twitter's blog entries for the DNC's first, second and third nights.

Devin Coldewey is a contributing writer for NBC News Digital. His personal website is coldewey.cc.