Yesterday America decided – Barack Obama vs Mitt Romney. The contest to become the next President of the United States was one of the most closely fought elections in recent history – and the first to feature so prominently in the Twittersphere. Cast your mind back four years to Obama’s first campaign and Twitter was a mere shadow of the social media force it has now become. And to mark its influential position on US election day, newly re-elected President Obama’s team have landed the record for most popular tweet of all time with this…
… which at the time of writing has generated just over 600,000 retweets, beating previous holder Justin Bieber’s effort of 223,376. Obama’s wife, Michelle, added a further 30,000 retweets for her message of gratitude for all the support of her husband during the campaign and vote:
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
And, as ever, Obama can count on his starry Hollywood support team to ramp up the congratulations from their millions upon millions of Twitter followers. Rihanna lent the re-elected president a taste of her street cred.
Put one in da air for the Prez!!!! Our dear Obama!
It doesn’t take much to picture Playboy founder Hugh Hefner ensconsed in his dressing gown playing dominoes with his playmates as the results came in. He took some time out from his endeavours to tweet this:
While I was playing dominoes with the girls, we got the news that Obama had been re-elected. We're celebrating at the Mansion.
And then there’s Donald Trump – long-time vocal campaigner against Barack Obama – who used America’s decision as an opportunity to add fuel to the fire he’s attempted to generate around the Democrat candidate in the last few weeks. First came this…
Lets fight like hell and stop this great and disgusting injustice! The world is laughing at us.
Maybe he was trying to counteract the wave of Obama support by upping his volume of Twitter activity? Sadly it was to no avail, as Trump was subjected to Twitter mockery and the Romney camp kept schtum, with no official word from the defeated candidate’s account.
Across the pond celebrity Brits were releasing Twitter sighs of relief as it became clear that Obama was set to triumph. Comedian and The Office star Ricky Gervais congratulated US voters on their decision:
Well Done America. We knew you'd get it right.#ObamaWins