President Obama’s speech closing out the Democratic National Convention dethroned his wife as Queen of Twitter, generating 52,757 tweets per minute — nearly double the previous record of 28,003 TPM set by the First Lady during her speech on the opening night.
— Twitter Government (@gov) September 7, 2012
Overall, the DNC generated over 9 million tweets, according to Twitter, more than double the 4 million generated by the GOP convention the week before. And the 52,757 TPM for Obama’s speech crushes the 14,289 TPM generated by Romney’s acceptance speech at the RNC. Even Vice President Biden’s speech inspired more tweets, peaking at 17,932 TPM.
While these statistics may dampen talk of the enthusiasm gap favoring Republicans, the disparity is more likely due to the demographics of Twitter’s user base, which skews sharply to the young and urban.