As the host of the PBS News Hour noted tonight, this might be the beginning of a new era in politics. President Barack Obama discussed his re-election for a second term first on Twitter — even before challenger Mitt Romney conceded. He posted the photo above with the message “Four more years,” which has now become the most re-Tweeted photo of all time with more than 350,000 re-Tweets as of 9:30 p.m.
Conservative pundit David Brooks joked about Abraham Lincoln’s Tweet of the Gettysburg Address. Joking aside, this is certainly a new era when politicians address their communities first via social media. Here’s another of Obama’s Twitter messages earlier tonight:
We’re all in this together. That’s how we campaigned, and that’s who we are. Thank you. -bo
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) November 7, 2012
I personally tracked the election via NPR, PBS, Fox News, CNN and the wonderful interactive map from The New York Times where you could analyze the action by each county in critical states like Florida and Virginia. Oh yeah, my mom also called from my hometown in Ohio — which according to The New York Times still remains too close to call — to let me know how things were going in the Buckeye State.
What did you find to be the most valuable tool to keep up with the results?
UPDATE: Romney conceded just after 10 p.m., yet his Twitter account remains silent, with the last Tweet about seven hours ago.