Social media technologies made the US presidential election one of the most instantaneously shared and documented events in history with tweets, jokes and photos surging in real time through internet pathways around the world.
Micro-blogging portal Twitter lit up Tuesday within seconds of word from national broadcast media that President Barack Obama had been re-elected with innumerable tweets, including one from Obama – “This happened because of you. Thank you.” – ranging in tone and content from the jubilant to the livid.
Twitter said it recorded more than 31 million election-related posts Tuesday, easily making the vote the most-tweeted political event in the site’s six-year history. At one point, as election results were unfolding, users tweeted at a rate of 327,452 per minute… Reporting by AndhraReporter