Social Networking Stats: Twitter & Politics In 2012, #RLTM Scoreboard

The #RLTM Scoreboard:  Social Networking Stats for the Week

Facebook: 1 billion active users via Facebook
Twitter: over 500 million users via Twopcharts
Qzone: 599 million monthly active users via TechCrunch
Sina Weibo: over 400 million users via Yahoo
Renren: over 170 million users via iResearch iUser Tracker
LinkedIn: 187 million active users via LinkedIn
Google Plus: 135 million monthly active users via Google
Tumblr: 84 million blogs via Tumblr
Instagram: 100 million users via TechCrunch
Tagged: 20 million unique monthly users via Tagged
Foursquare: over 25 million users via SmartBlog on Social Media
Pinterest: over 25 million users via AdWeek
Posterous: 15 million monthly users via Posterous
Reddit: 46.4 million monthly unique visitors via Reddit

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Twitter & Politics: A 2012 Recap

Obama's Golden Tweet: Most Retweets in HistoryOn Tuesday, Twitter released a recap of the past year — 2012: Year on Twitter. It was a big year for Twitter and politics, particularly in the US.  Here are some of the highlights:

The ‘Golden’ Tweet – Just before affirming his re-election in person, President Obama simply tweeted “Four More Years,” with a picture of him embracing Michelle Obama.  The tweet garnered not only the most retweets in 2012, but the most retweets in history (over 817,000, as reported by the Washington Post.)

Political Events – produced a big response on Twitter, with the first debate seeing over 10 million tweets. Over 31+ million tweets were sent about the election on Election Day, peaking at 327,452 tweets per minute on election night as the results were coming in.

Hashtags – Twitter compiled the year’s top 10 political hashtags.

  1. #tcot (top conservatives on Twitter)
  2. #teaparty
  3. #gop
  4. #romney
  5. mitt romney
  6. #dnc2012
  7. charlotte
  8. #gop2012
  9. #rnc
  10. #obama2012

Were you busy tweeting or watching your Twitter feed during the conventions or election?  Do you think Twitter played a significant role in US politics in 2012?