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How Paul Ryan’s VP News Spread Like Wildfire on Twitter [INFOGRAPHIC] (Mashable)
It didn’t take long for the news of Mitt Romney’s vice presidential pick to spread on Twitter, especially because that’s where the buzz originally started. Online chatter started to heat up at 11:06 p.m. ET on Friday when Romney’s communication director Gail Gitcho sent a tweet that Romney would announce his VP pick the next day. Adweek While many in the media delved into Wikipedia for clues as to Romney’s running mate, a cursory Twitter search shows that newly announced vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan’s Twitter handle (@PaulRyanVP) was created only a few days ago — Aug. 2, to be exact. Interestingly enough, using the same “FirstLastVP” nomenclature, accounts for “TimPawlentyVP” and “MarcoRubioVP” were also made on the same day (Aug. 2). USA Today Whatever else Ryan may do for the GOP ticket, he had an immediate impact on Twitter, generating a more positive tweet stream about Mitt Romney than President Barack Obama for the first time since July, according to the Twitter Political Index. Saturday, Romney’s Twitter Political Index score jumped 25 points, to 39. Obama’s score rose a bit, to 32. Politico During his 16-minute rollout speech in Norfolk, Va., on Saturday, Ryan’s Facebook page — which already boasted more than 100,000 fans, added 6,000 more. By contrast, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has just 31,000 fans. ABC News At 7:08 a.m. ET Saturday, the Mitt Romney “VP app” officially alerted the country of Romney’s pick for vice president, Ryan. However, the highly anticipated announcement really began through a different new media venture on Friday night — Twitter. Read more