State of the Union Address and Social Web Statistics

On Tuesday we heard the State of the Union address from President Obama and we had previously given details of a YouTube live appearance by the President, scheduled for today (Thursday). Yesterday we also reported on how President Obama included mentions of Google and Facebook in the speech and told how the address quickly became the main topic on social networks.

Now we have more information about how the address affected the social web as statistics have become available. Tweetbeat and U.S Politics on Facebook have provided the information from Twitter and Facebook, according to Jolie O’Dell over on Mashable. The State of the Union address was the subject of around 400,000 tweets with 100,000 of those within the first hour.

When looking at what aspects of the address were most spoken about on Twitter, Education was the most discussed (16.7%), followed by Government Spending (15.6%), then Job Creation and Growth (14.6%). On Facebook the most discussed subject was Government Spending. When looking at the most talked-about people the Twitter statistics showed Barack Obama in the No. 1 spot, followed by John Boehner and then Joe Biden. However rather surprisingly Facebook updates showed Michele Bachmann (4th slot on Twitter) outstripping even Barack Obama.

If you want to see more details on these statistics then head over to the full Mashable article at the link above. If you’re interested in the future of politics using social media then head to an article over on Bloomberg by Hans Nichols and Nicholas Johnston which tells how President Obama and his administration plan to utilize social media in future campaigning.

What are your thoughts on the social web and politics? Do you think it’s a good thing that politics is reaching a wider audience in this way? Let us know with your comments please.