Today, we Americans are deciding who is going to be president for the next four years. We’ll find out how that turns out tonight (or in the coming weeks if there is a mix up a la Gore versus Bush 2000). However, already today we’ve declared Twitter to be the king of social media. This makes Facebook his beautiful Queen, Zynga the court jester, Pinterest the alluring princess and 4Chan the village idiot…I digress.
Over and over, Election 2012 has been deemed the Social Media election, with Twitter and Facebook playing major roles in how the candidates reach out to voters and how voters interact amongst themselves (often with flaming, bad jokes and some un-Friending).
Twitter is the Internet star of Election Day 2012. People are tweeting that they have voted at the blazing pace of 3,000 tweets per minute, according to Twitter earlier this afternoon. Most of the tweets are originating from the battleground territories of Florida, Pennsylvania (where Republican candidate is making a big push), and Michigan.
The company claimed that by 2 PM Eastern Standard Time, the microblogging site was averaging 13,000 Election Day 2012-related tweets a minute. That’s a lot of half-baked 140-character rants.
November 6th, 2012 could turn out to be the biggest day Twitter has ever had. The extreme traffic to the site has already beat the most tweeted moments of Barack Obama’s State of the Union speech this year and high points, likeand the Empty Chair, of the Republican National Convention.
Between 6 and 7 million tweets have already been tweeted today.
Of the tweets specifically mentioning Election Day 2012, 41% mention President Obama and 23% mention Romney. Both candidates were mentioned in 10% of today’s tweets, while general Election Day tweets that didn’t mention either candidate made up the rest (“I voted,” “I heart democracy,” “How do I fill this thing out?”).
The economy is the most tweeted-about issue of the day so far, taking up 32% of issue-related tweets. Foreign policy came in at 17%, taxes at 14%, the environment at 9% and education at 7%.
Celebrities, never shy of espousing an opinion, also took to Twitter to exclaim who their millions of followers should vote for. Stars as varied as , Zoe Deschanel and described their voting habits. Rosanne Barr--television star, butcher of the "Star Spangled Banner" and third-party presidential candidate--encouraged her followers to vote for her.