Twitter Goes Bananas for Michelle, DNC

Convention racks up 3M tweets on day one
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 5, 2012 1:59 AM CDT
Updated Sep 5, 2012 2:23 AM CDT
Media: Much More Buzz in Charlotte
Ohio delegates cheer as former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland addresses the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte yesterday.   (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

If the election were determined by Twitter, the Democrats would be hard to beat. As night one of the DNC wrapped up, 3 million convention-related tweets had entered the Twitterverse ... compared to the 4 million the GOP racked up over three days last week, reports Mashable. And the tweets were truly flying during Michelle Obama's speech, clocking in at a high of 28,203 tweets-per-minute. Romney's acceptance-speech high last week? 14,289.

Meanwhile, the energy level seems to be higher on the ground level, too. Members of the media (including CNN, the Washington Post, and NBC) who found Tampa a drag say the same isn't true in Charlotte, Politico finds. "Just a huge difference in energy between convention halls," wrote Politico's Alexander Burns. "Makes it easier for non-primetime speakers to sound strong." But the buzz may be in the eye of the beholder: "The DNC is VERY low energy, not the vibrant, youth allure of 2008," tweeted conservative radio host Laura Ingraham. "I feel the whiff of death and decay … government is the father figure here." (More Democratic National Convention stories.)

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