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Presidential Election: How Tweet It Is

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

And today's last word in business is: How Tweet it is.

More than an hour before taking the stage to formally announce his re-election, @Barack Obama tweeted his victory. He wrote: This happened because of you.

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

The president was one of millions of people who tweeted on Election Day. Traffic on the social networking site peaked at 11:19 P.M. Eastern Time, I believe, that's when the TV networks called the race. More than 327,000 tweets per minute - 327,000 tweets per minute hit the system. Hope you had a chance to read them; making it one of the most tweeted political moments ever.

MONTAGNE: And several times busier than the president's previous Twitter peak, which came during his acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention.

And that's the business news on MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Renee Montagne.

INSKEEP: I'm Steve Inskeep.

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