Winner of the presidential debate? Twitter by a mile

The battle between Clinton and Trump is the 'Twitter election,' says one analyst

This presidential election season seems to be made for social media.

While Facebook and Twitter users have been posting memes, praising and griping about the candidates, and arguing with friends and family about the issues for months, last night they took to social media in droves to comment on the first presidential debate.

Republican candidate Donald Trump faced off against Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton in the debate held at Hofstra University.

While Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump sparred over trade, jobs and fighting ISIS, among other topics, Twitter users, who were able to watch the debate live streamed on the site, commented throughout the debate and retweeted debate points and graphics put out by the campaigns and political parties.

According to Twitter, it was the most-tweeted debate in the service's history, although the company hasn't said how many people were tweeting or how big the spikes in traffic were.

However, Twitter said the most tweeted topics were related to the economy, foreign affairs, energy and the environment, terrorism and guns.

The most tweeted moments came when Trump said he had a good temperament, when he commented on stop-and-frisk, and when the candidates talked about their plans for defeating ISIS.

Twitter also reported that 62% of the Twitter conversation was about Trump, with Clinton accounting for 38%.

Twitter also lit up when the Trump campaign deleted a tweet Trump had previously made about global warming. During the debate, the candidate claimed he had never said that global warming was a Chinese ruse, and then the tweet where he made the statement was removed from the site.

Twitter users quickly picked up on the move and passed around the information.

"Because he had made the tweet, Twitter was a reference in the debate itself," said Ezra Gottheil, an analyst with Technology Business Research. "Twitter was Trump's virtual paper trail… Twitter is the logical place to discuss immediately current events, but also Twitter is particularly relevant in this election because the campaigns, especially Trump's, use Twitter as a major communication channel.

"You could call this the Twitter election," he added.

Facebooks users also posted comments to their news pages, and the social network's trending topics Tuesday morning were focused on the debate, as well as celebrities and sporting news.

On Twitter, trending topics ranged from Fact Check, which had 105,000 related tweets Monday night, and two expressions that Trump used during the debate: Bigly, which had 23,000 tweets, and The Cyber, which had 46,000 tweets.

During the debate, dictionary publisher Merriam-Webster tweeted that Trump repeatedly used the term "braggadocious."

"He was trying for braggadocio. #debatenight #debates," the reference company tweeted.

Merriam-Webster also tweeted that during the debate people were using their online site to look up braggadocio, cyber, cognizant, temperament and stamina.

"Lookups for 'temperament' are up 78 times over the hourly average. #debates #debatenight #Debates2016," the company tweeted.

Today, the company tweeted, "Words matter."

Join the Good Gear Guide newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags twitter

Our Back to Business guide highlights the best products for you to boost your productivity at home, on the road, at the office, or in the classroom.

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Sharon Gaudin

Computerworld (US)
Show Comments

Essentials

Microsoft L5V-00027 Sculpt Ergonomic Keyboard Desktop

Learn more >

Lexar® JumpDrive® S57 USB 3.0 flash drive

Learn more >

Mobile

Lexar® JumpDrive® S45 USB 3.0 flash drive 

Learn more >

Exec

Lexar® JumpDrive® C20c USB Type-C flash drive 

Learn more >

Audio-Technica ATH-ANC70 Noise Cancelling Headphones

Learn more >

HD Pan/Tilt Wi-Fi Camera with Night Vision NC450

Learn more >

Lexar® Professional 1800x microSDHC™/microSDXC™ UHS-II cards 

Learn more >

Budget

Back To Business Guide

Click for more ›

Most Popular Reviews

Latest News Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Azadeh Williams

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

A smarter way to print for busy small business owners, combining speedy printing with scanning and copying, making it easier to produce high quality documents and images at a touch of a button.

Andrew Grant

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

I've had a multifunction printer in the office going on 10 years now. It was a neat bit of kit back in the day -- print, copy, scan, fax -- when printing over WiFi felt a bit like magic. It’s seen better days though and an upgrade’s well overdue. This HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 looks like it ticks all the same boxes: print, copy, scan, and fax. (Really? Does anyone fax anything any more? I guess it's good to know the facility’s there, just in case.) Printing over WiFi is more-or- less standard these days.

Ed Dawson

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

As a freelance writer who is always on the go, I like my technology to be both efficient and effective so I can do my job well. The HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 Inkjet Printer ticks all the boxes in terms of form factor, performance and user interface.

Michael Hargreaves

Windows 10 for Business / Dell XPS 13

I’d happily recommend this touchscreen laptop and Windows 10 as a great way to get serious work done at a desk or on the road.

Aysha Strobbe

Windows 10 / HP Spectre x360

Ultimately, I think the Windows 10 environment is excellent for me as it caters for so many different uses. The inclusion of the Xbox app is also great for when you need some downtime too!

Mark Escubio

Windows 10 / Lenovo Yoga 910

For me, the Xbox Play Anywhere is a great new feature as it allows you to play your current Xbox games with higher resolutions and better graphics without forking out extra cash for another copy. Although available titles are still scarce, but I’m sure it will grow in time.

Featured Content

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?