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President Barack Obama called it - in less than 140 characters.
Around 11.15 pm EST (4:15 am GMT), just as the networks were beginning to call the race in his favor, Obama took to Twitter to proclaim himself the winner over Republican candidate Mitt Romney.
This happened because of you. Thank you, Obama tweeted.
That the president would take his message to Twitter before taking the stage in Chicago underscored the tremendous role social media platforms like Twitter played in the 2012 election.
Minutes later, with the race called in his favor, Obama tweeted again.
We're all in this together. That's how we campaigned, and that's who we are. Thank you. - bo.
Through the course of a long and bitter presidential campaign, Twitter often served as the new first rough draft of history.
Top campaign aides used the Internet tool to snipe at each other, the candidates used it to get out their messages and political reporters used it to inform and entertain.
On Election Night, the tweets were flowing.
By 10 p.m. EST, with the race still up for grabs, Twitter announced it had broken records.
There were more than 31 million election-related tweets on Tuesday night, making Election Night the most tweeted about event in US political history, said Twitter spokeswoman Rachael Horwitz. Between 6 p.m. and midnight EST, there were more than 23 million tweets.
Horwitz noted the previous record was 10 million, during the first presidential debate on Oct. 3.
Twitter brought people closer to almost every aspect of the election this year, Horwitz said. From breaking news, to sharing the experience of watching the debates, to interacting directly with the candidates, Twitter became a kind of nationwide caucus.
In the moments following Obama's win, Twitter was in a frenzy, with a peak of 327,000 tweets a minute.
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