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Big night for #SOTU on Twitter

By @bcoyne
Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Tonight, Twitter hosted the real-time State of the Union (#SOTU) experience for citizens as well as politicians, journalists and pundits.

From the start of President Obama’s address through the conclusion of the official Republican response by Senator Joni Ernst (@SenJoniErnst), over 2.6 million Tweets were sent around the world related to the #SOTU.

These were the moments that spurred the most conversation during the #SOTU, measured in Tweets per minute (TPM):

  1. “I have no more campaigns to run. I know because I’ve won both of them.” - President Obama
  2. President Obama’s Speech Concludes
  3. President Obama Outlines College Proposals

And these were the most-Tweeted about topics during the live telecast:

  1. Community College
  2. Equal Pay
  3. Climate Change
  4. Tax Reform
  5. Healthcare

During the course of the SOTU address, the White House shared content on Twitter. Here are some highlights:



Here’s the full video of the speech, which the White House tweeted:

Of course, members of Congress turned to Twitter as well.



This collection showcases more Tweets from members of Congress during the State of the Union:

Before the #SOTU, @WHlive shared behind-the-scenes photos of guests of First Lady Michelle Obama (@FLOTUS):

Senator Joni Ernst (@SenJoniErnst), who delivered the official Republican response, and Speaker John Boehner (@SpeakerBoehner) shared behind-the-scenes photos and reactions using Vine.


Twitter conversation related to the #SOTU was all over the map, too. Click the image below to see how the State of the Union played out on Twitter with our interactive map:

Big night for #SOTU on Twitter

Twitter TV Activity and Reach data for the U.S. market will be available here tomorrow from Nielsen (@NielsenSocial).

Come back tomorrow when we take a deeper visual look at how the #SOTU conversation played out on Twitter.