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Twitter use high at Democratic convention

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The Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., looks set to eclipse last week’s Republican gathering — at least on Twitter, according to the microblogging site’s figures.

In a blog post, Twitter’s head of government affairs, Adam Sharp, said that after just one day of the Democratic event, more than 3 million tweets using the hashtag #DNC2012 had been sent about it.

That compares with about 4 million tweets using the hashtag #RNC2012 sent during the entire three-day Republican National Convention last week.

Tens of thousands of tweets about first lady Michelle Obama’s keynote speech Tuesday night were sent, Mr. Sharp said, peaking at the rate of 28,003 per minute at its conclusion — nearly double Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney’s peak of 14,289 per minute.

Even San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro, whose speech peaked at 11,503 tweets per minute, “drove more Twitter conversation than any #GOP2012 speaker except for Governor Romney,” Mr. Sharp said.

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Shaun Waterman

Shaun Waterman

Shaun Waterman is an award-winning reporter for The Washington Times, covering foreign affairs, defense and cybersecurity. He was a senior editor and correspondent for United Press International for nearly a decade, and has covered the Department of Homeland Security since 2003. His reporting on the Sept. 11 Commission and the tortuous process by which some of its recommendations finally became ...

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