Re-elected Obama tweets into history

Re-elected American President Barack Obama has not only secured himself another term as the President of the United States, but also tweeted himself into the record books of hugely-popular microblogging site Twitter.

Obama tweeted a picture of him embracing his wife Michelle, with the caption “Four more years” (image: Twitter)

Late on Tuesday night (US time) Obama tweeted a picture of himself embracing his wife Michelle, with the caption “Four more years” – which sparked a retweet frenzy by Twitter users. At the time of writing this, his tweet had been retweeted more than 445 000 times.

According to Buzzfeed, the record was set in just 22 minutes, and beats the previous record held by pop singer Justin Bieber. The singer’s “RIP Avalanna. i love you” garnered over 200 000 retweets.

According to The Verge, “Twitter’s Government feed has also confirmed that this year’s Election Day was the “most tweeted about event in US political history,” with over 20 million tweets.

The service saw a rate of 327,000 tweets per minute following news of Obama’s re-election.”

Presidential challenger Mitt Romney conceded victory to Obama late on Tuesday night, and called Obama to congratulate him. “This is a time of great challenges for America and I pray that the president will be successful in guiding our nation. His supporters and his campaign also deserve congratulations. I wish all of them well but particularly the president, the first lady and their daughters,” Romney told supporters.

Charlie Fripp – Consumer Tech editor