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Published July 29th 2016
The 2016 Democratic Convention is over and we’ve got plenty of data to discuss.
Grab some popcorn and have a read our overview, or you can skip to a specific day here.
It’s been a star-studded week of political drama that saw Hillary Clinton make history as she was officially named the Democratic nominee for President of the United States.
It caused a huge stir on social media and we’ve counted 12 million online mentions overall.
It’s been the people that have driven a lot of the conversation, with an abundance of speeches that got the online world buzzing.
Taking a look at the top mentioned figures who made appearances will give you an idea of just how big an event this was on the internet.
Each day we gave a detailed social data breakdown of how people and events were being received on the internet.
Mentions of the convention on Monday hit 3.5million across social media, with #DemsInPhilly the most popular hashtag on Twitter.
The opening day saw high profile speeches from Bernie Sanders and Michelle Obama as well as a Sanders delegate who quoted none other than Albus Dumbledore in her speech.
— POLITICO (@politico) July 25, 2016
Of all the speakers it was Michelle Obama who really stole the show, getting over 100k tweets in a single hour following a widely celebrated speech.
The phrase “house that was built by slaves”, used by Obama to describe the White House, was quoted thousands of times on Monday across the internet.
— Hollywood Reporter (@THR) July 26, 2016
The day saw a lot of heckling – in fact, we found around 60k mentions of “boo” or “heckle” (and related terms) in our data on Monday.
It prompted some of the speakers to respond to the jeering from the stage.
— Rodney Mason (@rodmoose) July 26, 2016
It was definitely the people that were talked about most online, as demonstrated by the topic cloud for the day.
Trump, who was bought up a fair amount in speeches, formed a large part of the day’s conversation (with around 148k mentions), bringing him close to Hillary in terms of who was getting talked about most in relation to the convention.
Tuesday didn’t see as high mentions as Monday, but it still raked in 2.8 million.
It was a day that saw Hillary Clinton officially named as the Democratic nominee.
There were 50k mentions of “history” (and related terms) throughout the day.
— Karin Hall (@KarinMHall) July 26, 2016
Bill Clinton’s speech got one of the largest responses of the night, with around 80k mentions in an hour across social media.
Tuesday also saw the Mothers of the Movement make a resonant appearance. The group got over 20k mentions in an hour around 8pm and we tracked around 40k mentions of #BlackLivesMatter throughout the day.
Looking at the overall conversation surrounding the convention for day 2, the internet was still talking about Michelle Obama’s poignant speech from Monday evening.
One striking element of the overall conversation was the prominence of criticism.
For example, “ISIS” appearing in the top mentioned terms was driven by many pointing out that speakers weren’t addressing terrorism appropriately. Compared to the GOP Convention, which had a heavy focus on the threat posed by terrorist groups, the Democratic Convention has barely touched on the subject.
While “NeverHillary” also appeared in the top mentioned phrases, it’s matched by the prominence of “NeverTrump” in the GOP convention topic clouds.
Day three saw 2.7 million mentions of the convention across social media.
Barack Obama got the headline speaker slot and definitely delivered. He got over 100k mentions in an hour on Wednesday night.
We compared people talking about Michelle and Barack Obama to see who’s speech made the biggest splash on social media. It was a close race.
Donald Trump got an enormous number of #DemConvention related mentions (around 170k) on Wednesday as vicious attacks were launched against him, in particular from Joe Biden and Michael Bloomberg.
Trump attempted to flex his social muscles in a hotly anticipated AMA with subreddit r/The_Donald on Wednesday evening, sending shares of the page’s URL through the roof, though many branded his performance disappointing. In the end, he only answered eight questions.
Thursday got more mentions than any other day of the convention, with a whopping 2.9million.
The final day of the convention saw some intense speeches and celebrity appearances. They were all reflected in the top mentioned topics of the day.
Hillary Clinton’s “A man you can bait with a tweet is not a man we can trust with nuclear weapons” was quoted thousands of times by online commenters. Clinton was undoubtedly the star of the day as she accepted the Democratic nomination.
Her daughter, Chelsea also got a huge spike, just beating Donald Trump’s spike an hour later.
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