Debate Winners: the Twitterverse; Big Bird

The October 3 debate told two stories: that of a record-setting number of tweets and a certain large yellow bird. Storify compiled for @iSchoolSU @ElectionClass #ElectionClass #debates.

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  1. The Twitter Government and Politics team (@gov) sent out real-time updates of the tremendous Twitter volume amassed during the October 3 debate.
  2. Check out the full blog post, "Dispatch from the Denver debate".
  3. If you appreciate the beauty of a good word cloud, take a look at this one representing 250,000 randomly-selected tweets, compiled by Zach Green of (@140elect) ...
  4. ... or, if you're more of an infographic fan, check out these results of top Google searches during the debate.
  5. What?  "Mitt Big Bird," you ask?  Well, if you insist...
  6. In an exchange about the economy, candidate Mitt Romney stated, "I'm sorry Jim. I'm gonna stop the subsidy to PBS. I'm gonna stop other things. I like PBS. I love Big Bird. I actually like you too.  But I'm not gonna - I'm not gonna keep on spending money on things to borrow money from China to pay for us."
  7. Watch for yourself:
  8. Mitt Romney on spending cuts: 'I like PBS, I love Big Bird'
  9. The Twitter reaction was fast and furious, demonstrating that nobody puts Big Bird in a corner.