Oct 17, 2012 · 1 minute

Does it feel like we need some tech-enabled post-debate commentary in here?

Yes, I think it does.

Obama and Romney went at each other in a face-to-face, toe-to-toe confrontation that both raised the ante and the interest on the first debate. No Big Bird this time, but we at least got a ninth-inning mention of "47 percent." Here's what the social data is telling us.

  • Perspective check: 46 percent of political comments during the debate were generated by just 1 percent of users, according to social security firm Impermium
  • Also according to Impermium, comments slurring Obama exceeded those against Romney by five times
  • The top themes provoking profanity on social media were gas prices, the economy and taxes, sez Impermium
  • That picture above summed up the debate, according to some Democrat
  • Here's how it broke down by topics according to Twitter's official government account: Economy: 28 percent; Taxes: 17 percent; Foreign Policy: 16 percent; Energy/Environment: 13 percent; Immigration: 8 percent
  • Peak Tweet moment: 108,000 Tweets when Obama said: "You're the last person to get tough on China."
  • Candidate-mention breakdown, according to Twitter's government account: Romney: 35 percent; Obama: 25 percent; Neither: 26 percent; Both: 14 percent. Who knows what that means.
  • Tweets per minute from VoterTide (see below for caveats), based on a randomized sample of 10 percent of overall Twitter volume:This includes mentions of Obama, Romney, Ryan, and Biden. This does not include generalized debate mentions without the use of one of the candidate names. This doesn't take into account sentiment or sarcasm, so although there are more Romney Tweets, it doesn't necessarily mean they're positive.
  • What did Rupert Murdoch think? Conservative man thoughts! "O much livier this time, but could not promise any better four years than last. Surely the only big issue."
  • The post-debate Twitter Political Index: Obama 39; Romney 33 – plus four points for both from before the debate. It might mean something!
  • This early result from Google Consumer Surveys