Twitterables: Debate social media recap

Twitter lost its damn mind during the second presidential debate/cage fight

By Jessica Galliart, @jessicagalliart

11:22 PM CDT, October 16, 2012


You dizzy? I am.

Candidates Mitt Romney and Barack Obama threw punch after punch throughout the second presidential
debate Tuesday night, but Twitter users and GIF champions managed to keep up throughout the
hour-and-a-half cage match. What'd we end up with? Binders, a jobs campaign for Jeremy and a lot of
surprised reactions from Chicagaons when Obama mentioned his hometown in a not-so-great light.
Here's a recap.

Like a broken record

I mean, Twitter broke records again tonight! The peak came during Romney's response to a question about immigration, according to Twitter.

8:52 p.m.

Just surpassed 3.5 million tweets since the start of the 2nd Presidential Debate. This is more than entire VP Debate last week. #debates

— Twitter Government (@gov) October 17, 2012

9:52 p.m.

Update: There were just over 7.2 million tweets during the 2nd Presidential Debate at Hofstra tonight.

— Twitter Government (@gov) October 17, 2012

Yo, Jeremy!

The first question of the town hall debate was posed by college student, Jeremy Epstein
(who's a remarkable doppleganger for Jason Biggs, by the way). He asked a question
about employment after graduation and almost immediately became a trending topic because...well, to be honest,
I don't really understand why he became a trending topic. #GetJeremyaJob was kicked around for a bit,
and then @joblessjeremey was born. Twitter is weird sometimes.

via GIFwich.tumblr.com

Another town hall participant, Lorraine Osario, also became a trending topic when she posed a question about immigration and Romney had a bit of trouble with her name.

via creativedeficit.tumblr.com

4 - Number of "Binders full of women" accounts created (at least)

Romney mentioned talking to many women, "binders full of women," in response to a question about equal pay for women in the workplace. The social media response included...

This one: bindersfullofwomen.tumblr.com

This one: mittsbindersfullofwomen.com

This one: (with 100,000+ "likes," plus 15 other Facebook groups and pages) facebook.com/romneybindersfullofwomen

And this one: twitter.com/Romneys_Binder

Theresa. twitter.com/Romneys_Binder…

— Romney's Binder (@Romneys_Binder) October 17, 2012

Candy cuts the crap

Social media seemed to collectively fist bump moderator Candy Crowley for attempting to keep the questions and responses moving. And for not putting up with the candidates' guff, pretty much.

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via theatlanticwire.com

*Social media dork voice* I'd like to point out, however, that Crowley hasn't tweeted in more than a month. I know you've been busy prepping for this thing, but get it together, Candy.

Buzzfeed went down

I think this was a first, folks. The viral tracker site totally crashed for a few minutes:

Chicago makes an appearance

Due to our infamous violence rates this year, of course. Our Twitter feed nearly exploded when Obama mentioned gun violence in Chicago in response to a question about assault weapons.

"They're not using AK-47's, they're using cheap handguns." Obama mentions violence in Chicago. #debates

— Redeye Chicago (@redeyechicago) October 17, 2012

And a reminder:

Chicago surpassed 400 homicides for the year in September. homicides.redeyechicago.com #debates

— Redeye Chicago (@redeyechicago) October 17, 2012

GIF fight!

So many GIFs. And a handful of great ones that encapsulate the tension on the TV screen.

via buzzfeed.tumblr.com

via theatlanticwire.com

GIFs via theatlanticwire.com

And this guy fell asleep?

via newsweek.tumblr.com

People on Twitter still suck

I refuse to share any of the actual tweets here--because they really are THAT BAD--but if you want to remind yourself that humanity is still in question, check out the Despicable Tweets Tumblr to see a roundup of awful tweets about Crowley and Obama. Warning: They're unfavorable tweets about weight and ethnicity.

But, really, this is important stuff

All jokes and social media memes aside, this election affects everyone. Are you registered to vote? Did you listen to the candidates? You have 21 days left to make your decision. Godspeed! Want more? Discuss this article and others on RedEye's Facebook page