“Horses and bayonets” dominates Facebook, Google, and Twitter during and after presidential debate

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The term “horses and bayonets” dominated Facebook, Google and Twitter during and after Monday’s presidential debate on foreign policy.

President Obama had just 2.2 percent more mentions on Facebook than Romney during the debate.

For Obama, “horses and bayonets” seems to be the catchphrase of the night along with “whopper,” which was how he characterized Romney’s suggestion that he has apologized for the United States on the world stage. For Romney, a couple of quips generated buzz on Facebook, including “I’m still speaking.” The top 15 debate-related mentions on Facebook are here.

The top Google searches connected to the debate were: 1. horses and bayonets 2. syria 3. mali 4. drones 5. Tumult.

More than 6.5 million tweets were sent during the debate, the least of all three presidential debates but more than the vice-presidential debate. Top peak tweet moments: 105,767 tweets per minute for Obama’s “horses and bayonets” comment and 102,339 tweets per minute for Schieffer’s “I think we all love teachers.”

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.