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Five Twitter trends we saw on debate night

Posted 12:00pm on Thursday, Oct. 04, 2012

The most tweeted about political event in U.S history occurred Wednesday night as President Barack Obama and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney took the stage for their first debate. The Twitter landmark isn’t shocking – more people are gaining access to the Internet, getting Twitter accounts and finding easy ways to engage in political talk.

Twitter feeds around the country continuously scrolled during the 90-mintue debate. Trends emerged in-step with the candidates’ responses. Romney mentions Big Bird, and suddenly the yellow Sesame Street character is trending and a @FiredBigBird account is created. Jim Lehrer is spoken over one too many times, and quips on Lehrer losing the debate roll in. The trends show that Americans have much in common; we care about the same things.

Our opinions may stray and our philosophies differ, but if you let us choose between Simpson-Bowles and Big Bird, we take the flightless bird every time.

A quick survey of what Americans talked about on Twitter during the debate shows that while politics is serious business with serious consequences, there’s space for humor. Here are five trends from the Denver debate:

1. J is for Jokes:

2. Wait, these guys know math?

3. I hate politics and so should you

4. Jim Lehrer haters

5. Tweeting responses to candidates' comments = Yelling at the TV

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