Social media scores debate real time

Early in the first presidential debate Wednesday, Oct.

Early in the first presidential debate Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012, Big Bird was one of the major themes on social media, after Mitt Romney said he would cut off public broadcasting funds to reduce the deficit. (Credit: AP, 2009)

Big Bird is endangered. Jim Lehrer lost control. And Mitt Romney crushed President Barack Obama.

Those were the judgments rendered across Twitter and Facebook Wednesday during the first debate of the 2012 presidential contest. While millions turned on their televisions to watch the 90-minute showdown, a smaller but highly engaged subset took to social networks to discuss and score the debate...

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