Although political pundits are calling Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney the winner of Wednesday night’s debate, it’s fair to say both President Obama and Romney won in the Twitterverse. Â The presidential debate amassed a record 10.3 million tweets over the course of the 90-minute debate, making it the most-tweeted event in political history, according to Twitter.
Obama’s “I have five secondsâ€ response to moderator Jim Lehrer when objecting he still had time on the clock was a Twitterville favorite, generating over 152,000 tweets per minute (TPM). Romney’s “Big Birdâ€ remark took the commentary cake and began trending right after he ruffled more than the Sesame Street character’s feathers, admitting that he “loves Big Bird,â€ but would still cut subsidies for PBS. The Big Bird reference sparked a quarter million tweets mentioning the big yellow bird.