KitchenAid Fail, Big Bird 2012, and ... Politics: Debate #1 in Tweets
Missed the first Obama-Romney debate tonight? Twitter didn't.
Tonight's debate was the most tweeted about event in US political history, topping the numbers from the RNC and DNC.
— Twitter Government (@gov) October 4, 2012
The hands-down winner of the 1st debate was Twitter. But we knew that going in.
— Micah Sifry (@Mlsif) October 4, 2012
Romney Emerges Ahead
CBS News instapoll: 46% said Romney won. 22% said Obama won. 32% said tie. Decisive win for Romney.
— Nancy Cordes (@nancycordes) October 4, 2012
As an "undecided" voter who isn't a fan of Obama, I gotta say POTUS came off as weak as he did in EVRY debate against #HillaryClinton in 08.
— YaVaughnie Wilkins (@YaVaughnieW) October 4, 2012
KitchenAid Tweet Fail Mocks Obama's Grandmother
Someone doing social media for KitchenAidUSA caught Twitter on fire with a tweet about the president's deceased grandmother. The brand issued a swift apology.
Aaaand someone just got fired. RT: @kitchenaidusa: Obamas gma even knew it was going 2 b bad! 'She died 3 days b4 he became president'”
— Jill Filipovic (@JillFilipovic) October 4, 2012
If Big Bird's out of work, he'll at least have company with the bonehead at @kitchenaidusa's twitter account tomorrow.
— Liz Gumbinner (@Mom101) October 4, 2012
Deepest apologies for an irresponsible tweet that is in no way a representation of the brand's opinion. #nbcpolitics
— KitchenAid (@KitchenAidUSA) October 4, 2012
The good thing about public social media gaffes is they're powerful teachable moments - they remind ALL of us to be intentional w/our words.
— Rosetta Thurman (@rosettathurman) October 4, 2012
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#Big Bird 2012!
Romney's comment calling out Big Bird (and moderator Jim Lehrer) specifically when he discussed cutting PBS funding spawned a Big Bird 2012 trend and several fun new Twitter accounts.
— big_bird (@big_bird) April 23, 2008
Romney will fire Big Bird and Cookie Monster and replace them with the replacement refs #bigbird
— Big Bird (@FiredBigBird) October 4, 2012
— Big Bird (@BlGBlRD) October 4, 2012
This will be known as the Big Bird Debate.
— Dave Winer ☮ (@davewiner) October 4, 2012
Save Downton Abbey!
Don't mess with fans of the Dowager Countess: #SaveDowntonAbbey got hot, too.
Back the fuck up.If Mittens is elected he's going to cancel Downton Abbey?I think I just got involved in politics.
— TheBloggess (@TheBloggess) October 4, 2012
— rhiannon kyle (@rhiannon_kyle) October 4, 2012
I want a Romney/Obama/Dame Maggie Smith debate next time #savedowntonabbey
— Tara Gadomski (@TaraGadomski) October 4, 2012
Twitter Questions Lehrer as Moderator
No talk of 47%, no conversation on women's rights, nothing on immigration and Latinos (a key electorate)... #JimLehrerFail
— Jose Antonio Vargas (@joseiswriting) October 4, 2012
— Farai Chideya (@faraichideya) October 4, 2012
People criticizing Jim Lehrer on twitter but many of us believe he just led one of great debates since '60. Like a good ref, he let em play
— Terry Lyons (@terrylyons) October 4, 2012
"Jim Lehrer" is trending worldwide, as the moderator lost tonight's debate on Twitter: journ.us/SrsAsI
— Poynter (@Poynter) October 4, 2012
Tweets From the Right
Romney fought for his win. He was engaged, prepared, and looked happy to be there. He wants the job, asked for it.
— medializzy (@MediaLizzy) October 4, 2012
Obama's performance was so bad, I'm starting to think it must be some kind of strategy.
— S.E. Cupp (@secupp) October 4, 2012
— Adrienne (@AdrienneRoyer) October 4, 2012
— Crystal Wright (@GOPBlackChick) October 4, 2012
Tweets From the Left
Mitt just proved he has no concept of real ppls lives- no way private insurance for old sick ppl ever cheaper than Medicare #debates
— Cheryl Contee (@ch3ryl) October 4, 2012
— DC Debbie (@DCdebbie) October 4, 2012
I agree that in terms of presentation, Mitt won. But when you are playing fast and loose with FACTS, you have an easier job. #BlogForObama
— SelfishMom (@SelfishMom) October 4, 2012
Two things I wish Obama said tonight: 47%, women #debate
— Jessica Valenti (@JessicaValenti) October 4, 2012
Kind of a strange night in social media, no? What did you think about tonight's debate? Did it change your mind -- about the candidates, social media, policy?