Whether it's a barometer of popularity or not, well, your guess as good as mine, but when it came to the retweeting of a tweet connected to the Republican convention last week the winner was - U.S. President Barack Obama. Yup, he of the Democratic Party.
A spokesperson for Twitter, Rachael Horwitz, passed on that news to media on Sunday. In an email to USA Today she noted it was Obama tweeting a photo himself from the back sitting in a chair marked 'The President' that has been sent along more than any other tweet connected to the convention.
"Wanted to share some news we broke this morning after doing some analysis over the weekend," Horwitz wrote. "@BarackObama's 'This seat's taken' Tweet was the most RTed of the Republican National Convention."
Twitter Universe embraces Barack Obama
Many thousands sent out tweets in response to Clint Eastwood's rambling talk at the convention in Tampa Thursday night; for much of his talk, Eastwood spoke to an imaginary chair, pretending Obama was sitting in it and lecturing the President. Obama's response was in jest and clearly captured the imagination of Tweeters.
Obama's tweet had been retweeted 51,400 as of Sunday afternoon. The top tweet to come out of the convention for his opponent Mitt Romney, who Eastwood supports, was: "Our economy runs on freedom, not government. It's time we put our faith back in the American people." By Sunday afternoon that tweet was at about 4,800 retweets.
When it comes to Twitter followers, Obama has the sixth most followers of anyone in the world, with 19,156,432, behind Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber, Katy Perry, Rihanna and Britney Spears. Romney, who has not been on Twitter as long as Obama, has about 1 million followers.