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Election Day 2012 breaks social media records


ALBANY, N.Y. - The 2012 presidential election broke social media records, set a few, and dominated the internet.

As the election was called Tuesday night, Twitter's traffic spiked at more than 327,000 tweets per minute.

A new twitter record was set that night, as more than half a million people have re-tweeted the president's celebratory message - making it the most re-tweeted tweet ever.

Another record - 31 million tweets about the election. That's the most-ever tweeted event in political history!

President Obama himself broke a record as well - this as the first president to declare victory before making an acceptance speech.

Here are some of the pictures that were tweeted, liked, pinned, and instagrammed most during the highlight of the election.

  • Big Bird standing in line to vote - the man in the costume was a journalist from Texas playing on Mitt Romney's remark about cutting federal funding for PBS during the October 3rd presidential debate.
  • Hair Flag Lady - the young woman behind Obama's left shoulder during his victory speech that had a flag affixed to her head. People tweeted about how distracting it was, and it now has a Twitter page.

Finally, one of the top Twitter trenders right now – Colorado.

On Tuesday, Colorado became the first U.S. state to de-criminalize marijuana,voting in favor of legalizing it for recreational use.

A smoky photoshopped Colorado skyline is currently making its rounds on Facebook.

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