And as you might guess, Election Night 2012 turned scores of tweeters users into quick-typing political junkies. Whether looking up Nate Silver's state-by-state predictions or following @HuffPostPol's interactive voting map, the Twittershpere wanted to be informed with second-by-second updates.
Of the 31 million tweets the Twitter blog states were posted on Election Day, a handful will go down in Twitter history for defining the evening. Below, we've compiled a slideshow of memorable posts from news correspondents, grumpy celebrities, fictional characters, President Obama himself -- and others.
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Donald Trump's Triade
The Donald was not so pleased with the election's turnout, and as the polls came to a close, he began to release his unbridled anger via Twitter. When NBC's Brian Williams called out Trump's grumpy posts on live television, the billionaire tweeted the following at him: <blockquote>The only thing more boring than @bwilliams newscast is his show Rock Center which is totally dying in the ratings—a disaster!</blockquote> Talk about a sore loser...
Obama's Twitter Record
When it became clear that the election would go to Obama, the president's <a href="https://twitter.com/BarackObama">official Twitter handle</a> sent out a historical tweet at 11:16 p.m. "Four more years," it read. The post included a photo of the president and his wife in a heartwarming embrace. The image quickly became the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/11/07/barack-obama-twitter-most-retweeted_n_2088035.html?utm_hp_ref=technology">most retweeted post in Twitter's history.</a>
Tammy Baldwin's Victory Tweet
<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/11/07/tammy-baldwin-election-results-2012_n_2049837.html">Tammy Baldwin on Tuesday became the first openly gay politician</a> to ever have been elected to the U.S. Senate, as well as the first Wisconson woman to hold the position. The Democrat tweeted her appreciation for the support from voters. Her victorious post has since been retweeted over 2,000 times.
While election night was all about Obama's win, Twitter should congratulate itself too!<a href="http://blog.twitter.com/"> According to the company's blog</a>, the social media site hit record numbers with a mind-blowing 327,452 tweets posted per minute during peak hours.
Nate Silver's Boast
Nate Silver runs poll aggregation blog <a href="http://fivethirtyeight.blogs.nytimes.com/">FiveThirtyEight</a> and has recently been described as a "stats wizard" by <a href="http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2012/11/nate-silver-the-origin-story/264638/">The Atlantic</a>. In fact, <a href="http://www.forbes.com/sites/quora/2012/11/07/how-accurate-were-nate-silvers-predictions-for-the-2012-presidential-election/">Forbes reported on Wednesday</a> that Silver had been accurate in 100 percent of his predictions about Obama's performance in the polls across all 50 states. "This is probably a good time to link to my book", <a href="https://twitter.com/fivethirtyeight/status/266045721323642880">Silver tweeted triumphantly</a>, shortly after the New York Times called the race for Obama.
TwitterTeam's Sigh Of Relief
In Twitter's early days, <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/07/26/twitter-outage-cause_n_1706097.html">outages and server crashes</a> were all too common during popular events like sports finals or entertainment spectacles. So when Election Night 2012 progressed without a hitch, Creative Director Doug Bowman proudly posted this tweet. The "fail whale" he's referencing is a page that appears (or used to appear) on users' screens when twitter is over capacity. That frustrating sea animation didn't get in the way at all while the electoral results were tallied. [Hat Tip: <a href="http://allthingsd.com/20121106/rip-fail-whale/">AllThingsD</a>]
Big Bird's Last Laugh
Throughout the election we had quite a few memorable memes, including "<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/17/romney-binders-full-of-women_n_1974092.html">binders full of women</a>," <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/31/eastwooding-clint-eastwood-chair_n_1846414.html">Clint Eastwood's empty chair</a> and, of course, the potential unemployment of PBS' beloved <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/04/presidential-debate-twitter-record_n_1939050.html">Big Bird</a>. Most of these memes had their last chance at relevancy during the Nov. 6 election night, tweeting snarky comments about Obama, Romney and their political parties. Even one of the hit Big Bird parody accounts got its final chance to weigh in.