The Democratic National Convention has started out with a bang on social media, trumping the Republican National Convention…at least on Twitter. Corey Bergman of Lost Remote reports, “Twitter said that Michele Obama’s speech peaked at more tweets per minute (28,003) than Mitt Romney’s speech (14,239) by a big margin.”
It wasn’t just the First Lady that racked up the tweets. Bergman writes that Julian Castro, the mayor of San Antonio that set the stage for Mrs. Obama, drove more conversation on Twitter than any of the speakers at the RNC, aside from Mitt Romney.
Of course, when you look at election history, the fact that Democrats are more active on social media sites may not come as a surprise. Bergman points out the fact that the Obamas have a much larger following than the Romneys (18.4M to 1M, after all, they’ve been building up their follower base for the past four-plus years).
Additionally, a study from Pew Internet revealed that Democrats on social media sites are a lot more likely than Republicans or Independents on social media sites to say that social media is important when it comes to politics. 48 percent of Democrats said that social media was important for keeping up with political news, while only 34 percent of Republicans and 33 percent of democrats said it was important. Read more on Lost Remote and our sister site AllTwitter.com.
You can check out Michelle Obama’s speech below. Did you follow the social media activity around the DNC last night? We’d love to hear your thoughts!
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