Google+ Hangouts to Host Virtual Road Trip With President Obama
A story by MediaBistro was one of the first to crown the Obama message as the most retweeted message in Twitter's history. The Tweet also included a tender photograph of the president hugging his wife, Michelle. One minute before that now-famous staff Tweet, Obama himself had also sent a Tweet to his followers, which was identified by his social media signature, "bo," that designates tweets that are made personally by the president. "We're all in this together. That's how we campaigned, and that's who we are. Thank you. –bo." The tweets from Obama and his campaign staff were among more than 31 million election-related tweets made on election night 2012, which made it "the most tweeted-about event in U.S. political history," according to Twitter spokeswoman Rachael Horwitz in a report by Reuters. "Between 6 p.m. and midnight EST, there were more than 23 million tweets," which broke the previous record of 10 million set during the first presidential debate on Oct. 3, according to Reuters. In October 2012, Google created capabilities for voters to hold their own Google Hangouts debate-watching parties for their friends to watch the debates during the presidential election, which featured Obama and his challenger, Mitt Romney.
Google+ Hangouts was launched in June 2011, originally as a video chat app that allowed up to 10 users to communicate together in an online session. Later Hangouts was expanded with a wide range of new features, as Google sought to promote the services.