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US Election 2012: Picture Of Obama Hugging Michelle Sets Twitter Record

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Barack Obama smashed a Twitter record as he became the first president to declare victory in an election on the social network.

His triumphant message was simple: "Four More Years". The picture was him in an embrace with wife Michelle.


Barack Obama
This happened because of you. Thank you.

Barack Obama
We're all in this together. That's how we campaigned, and that's who we are. Thank you. -bo

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The picture tweeted by Barack Obama

The picture received more than 2.3 million likes on Facebook, and over 200,000 shares and 110,000 comments.

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This picture posted on Obama's twitter page became the most retweeted picture of all time.

The tweet set a massive new Twitter record, with more than 520,000 retweets and almost 180,000 favourites - and counting.


Twitter Government
Peak to 327k TPM following 's re-election was by far the most-tweeted moment of .

According to Twitter: "As the results of the election were called by news organizations, the conversation on Twitter surged, hitting a peak of 327,452 Tweets per minute."


Michelle Obama
More than anything, I want to thank you all for everything. I am so grateful to every one of you for your support and your prayers. –mo

The social network also published its "Tweets Per Minute" (TPM) statistics for the election as the night unfolded.

  • 85,273 TPM Iowa presidential race called
  • 69,031 TPM Pennsylvania and Wisconsin presidential races called
  • 65,106 TPM olls close in various states; AP calls races for Ilinois, Connecticut, Maine, Washington DC, Delaware, Rhode Island, Maryland and Massachusetts

Between 6 pm and midnight in the US, there were more than 23 million tweets sent, smashing the previous record of 10 million, during the first presidential debate on October 3.

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