Web Exclusive: Trending topics for Decision 2012

(CNN) - Election day and election night dominated social media conversations.  So, at the apex of the most social election ever, what got people searching and sharing?  Trends emerged that defined the day.

As election day turned into election night, millions of votes and how they added up, generated millions of tweets leading up to this one-- a thank you, from a newly re-elected President of the United States.  "For the United States of America, the best is yet to come," said President Obama after winning re-election.

Election day 2012 took its place as twitter's biggest political event ever.  As TV networks called the race, second screens lit up at a rate of more than 327,000 tweets per minute.

Google searches pointed to an anxious electorate.  Top search terms during the day included "election results," "exit polls," "election news," and "who's winning the election."

On Facebook, the number one term Tuesday morning and afternoon-- variations of "vote," "voted," and "go vote."  After projections,  "Obama wins" jumped to top spots on both Facebook and Google.

Meanwhile among Instagram photos, a bevy of proud ballot shots raised legal questions, in states with restrictions on photography in polling places.

In November 2008, about 37% of Americans said they'd used a social networking site.  Fast forward to 2012, two-thirds are socially engaged.  "You guys are the best," Romney told his supporters during his concession speech.

And while republicans made social strides, there's still catching up to do.  Mitt Romney amassed a respectable 1.7 million twitter followers during his campaign.  Still, just a fraction of President Obama's over 22 million.


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