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Tweeting the RNC: Focus on the Final Hour

August 31, 2012

The Twitter conversation surrounding the Republican convention on Thursday night didn't take off until the last hour or so, according to data supplied to National Journal by Twitter.


The number of tweets per minute using the hashtag #GOP2012 remained relatively low until about 10 p.m., right around when Clint Eastwood took the stage, followed by Florida Senator Marco Rubio and Mitt Romney.


The peak for the night, at 14,355 posts to Twitter, occurred at 11:10 p.m. right as Romney was winding down his speech, according to the data. A minute earlier, 13,267 tweets were posted as Romney said "under my administration, our friends will see more loyalty and [Russian President Vladimir] Putin will see a little less flexibility and more backbone."


The third-highest peak of the evening, at 12,455 tweets, occured at 11:07 p.m. when Romney quipped "President Obama promised to begin to slow the rise of the oceans. And to heal the planet. My promise is to help you and your family."


Among National Journal's Politerati, tweets peaked among Republican insiders at 11:14 p.m., when Romney concluded his speech. 


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