Debate Sets Twitter Record

    DENVER, CO - OCTOBER 03:  Democratic presidential candidate, U.S. President Barack Obama (R) and Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (L) smile after the Presidential Debate at the University of Denver on October 3, 2012 in Denver, Colorado. The first of four debates for the 2012 Election, three Presidential and one Vice Presidential, is moderated by PBS's Jim Lehrer and focuses on domestic issues:  the economy, health care, and the role of government.  (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

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    Social media meltdown? Wednesday night’s debate between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney generated10.3 million tweets in 90 minutes, Twitter reports, setting a political-event record. (The most tweeted moment was not attributed to Obama, Romney, or even Big Bird, but moderator Jim Lehrer’s “let’s not” quip.) But the surge in insta-punditry in 140 characters or less is overwhelming a large number of politicos who find the feverish tweeting unwieldy to sift through and largely unhelpful. “My Twitter feed is like the Tower of Terror of social media,” wrote The Huffington Post’s Eliot Nelson. Other commentators, like The Atlantic’s James Fallows swore off Twitter altogether during the debate, anticipating the onslaught. 

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