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Election night brings record number of Tweets

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Social media played a big role in last night's election.  

Before President Barack Obama took the stage last night, he Tweeted a photo of him and the first lady hugging with the words "four more years."  

So far his tweet has been Retweeted by over 750,000 Twitter users.   

Even early on in Tuesday night's election results, people were tweeting that they couldn't refresh their feed fast enough; there were simply too many Tweets coming in to keep up with all of them. 

As news networks began to call the election last night, Twitter peaked with more than 327,000 Tweets per minute.  

In all, election night brought in 31 million Tweets from across the globe, with world leaders also sending Tweets of congratulations to President Obama.

 That sort of engagement between leaders and voters is exactly what Twitter and other social media outlets are all about.  

"In that moment, somebody had the opportunity to engage with their government or politics or democracy.  We're told all the time how apathetic and disconnected our country is and last night, there were hundreds of thousands of people that were completely connected," said Director of Continuing Education Director at Augustana College Hugh Weber. 

Weber said he hopes to see the same interaction continue long after election night.  He hopes Obama will continue to share aspects of the political and decision making process on Twitter over the next four years. 

South Dakota law makers also contributed to the Twitter-verse last night.

  Governor Daugaard Tweeted Tuesday night: "We live with in our means. We believe in a balance budget, without raising taxes.  Tonight's results make that clear." 

Wednesday Morning, Representative Kristi Noem thanked voters on Twitter for giving her another term in Congress.

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