Election and social media memes, photos and stats

Election and social media memes, photos and stats

Credit: @sophers_/Instagram

Election and social media memes, photos and stats


by Joanna Stern, ABC NEWS


Posted on November 6, 2012 at 10:53 PM

(ABC NEWS) -- From the Big Bird memes to the animated GIFs of the candidates to the non-stop Invisible Obama jokes, the 2012 Election as a whole has been one of the most shared and commented-on events in social media history. And on the final day of the election, the social media wheels are churning at a record pace.

Below you will find the highlights of what is being tweeted, liked, pinned, and Instagrammed on this historical night.

The Photos and Memes. Did you hear? Big Bird not only voted, but also waited in line!

Image credit: @sophers_/Instagram

Nate Silver has been trending in many of the swing states. Who is he? The former baseball statistician turned political prognosticator got 49 out of 50 states right in 2008. This year he has predicted Obama has a 91.8 percent chance of winning tonight. Lots of Democrats have been passing around the image below made by @tbogg using a meme generator this past Saturday. It has been re-blogged 846 times on Tumblr so far.


Image credit: @tbogg/Twitter

Of course, the celebrities you know and love made it out to the polls. Kisses from Mariah…

  Credit: @MariahCarey/Twitter

And, uh, something from Joan Rivers…

Credit: @joanrivers / Twitter

Twitter Trends

From midnight through 2 p.m. ET today there were 6.4 million tweets about the election. According to Twitter, there was an average of 3,000 tweets per minute with people expressing that they “voted!” Twitter’s Election 2012 portal is located here.

- As of 7:45 p.m. ET, Twitter was reporting that there were more than 11 million #Election2012 tweets already today.

- As of 8:30 p.m. ET, Twitter had hit a new peak: 65,000 tweets per minute bringing up the total count of tweets to 13 million.

- As of 9:26 p.m. ET, Twitter had hit a new peak of 66,019 tweets per minute when the Pennsylvania results were announced.

- #Election2012 has been trending, but #StayInLine has also been trending high.

ABC News has a pretty nifty map showing real-time results from the polls, but Facebook has a vote tally based on who has mentioned they have voted on the site. You can check it out at FacebookStories.com/vote.