Move over Obama, Romney, and everyone else with an eye on the White House — Ron Paul was by far Twitter’s most talked about candidate this week.
In a count by The Washington Post’s new news app, @Mention Machine, which tracks the Twitter buzz for each 2012 presidential candidate, Ron Paul tallied a whopping 281,058 mentions. The congressman’s figure tops Obama’s 90,711 and national front-runner Romney’s 68,842.
With its throngs of young supporters, Paul’s campaign has long thrived with the help of social media, and the New York Times reports that a college-aged “army” of Paul supporters may be his secret weapon in Iowa. Yesterday a study from the analytics service Socialbakers found that Paul has the highest overall “viral reach.” He even outperformed President Obama, whose 2008 campaign was notable for successfully tapping into social media.
It remains to be seen whether Paul’s online dominance will translate to real numbers in Iowa. In the latest Des Moines Register poll, Paul was in second place with 22 per cent. But if Ron Paul’s wishes come true, the Internet will know best.
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