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Obama Twitter Picture Smashes Record, Becomes Most Shared Post

Wednesday, 07 Nov 2012 05:51 PM

By Xavier Harding

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A photo tweeted by President Barack Obama following his victory Wednesday night has become the most popular post in the social networking site's history.
 
The official Obama Twitter account, @barackobama, sent out a picture of the president and first lady Michelle Obama. The caption read simply "Four more years."
 
By Thursday afternoon, the status update has over 700,000 retweets.The previous record was set by a tweet from Justin Bieber that was retweeted 200,000 times. To put the enormous reach of Obama's photo into context, it became just the second image to be spread more than 100,000 times.

Obama posted a follow-up tweet thanking his supporters, but it didn't receive nearly as much attention as the initial photo.
 
“Tonight you voted for action, not politics as usual. You elected us to focus on your jobs, not ours," Obama said in his victory speech. “Tonight in the election, you the American people reminded us that while our road has been hard, while or journey has been long, we have picked ourselves up, we have fought our way back and we know in our hearts that for the United States of America the best is yet to come.”

This year's election coincided with Twitter's growing popularity across all segments of the population. Several world leaders, including British Prime Minister David Cameron, sent their well wishes to Obama via the site. On top of Obama's photo, the community had some other favorite Election Day topics.

Donald Trump captured attention and riducule when he tweeted "Our country is now in serious and unprecedented trouble...like never before." He added: "The electoral college is a disaster for a democracy."

Twitter also went wild for Nate Silver, whose data-based predictions proved to be on the money.

"Congrats to @fivethirtyeight , Nate Silver. Way to stick to your guns and ignore the noise !" wrote Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban.

Other topics that sent Twitter into a tizzy included the election of Tammy Baldwin, the first openly gay senator, and Big Bird, the social media viral star of the election season.

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