Social media came to a much different initial verdict about the first presidential debate than did the early polls and the conventional press, according to an analysis of the conversation on Twitter, Facebook and blogs by the Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism.
On both Twitter and Facebook, the conversation was much more critical of Mitt Romney than it was of Barack Obama. And when the criticism of one candidate and praise of another are combined, the conversation on Twitter leaned Obama's way. On Facebook it was something of a draw.
Only in blogs, which tended to offer more of a summary of the event than a moment-to-moment reaction, did the sentiment resemble that of instant polls or press analysis, which have tended to see Romney as having the better of the debate.
For both candidates in social media, however, praise of their performance in general was hard to come by.
Read the full report, Social Media Debate Sentiment Less Critical of Obama than Polls, Press Are, on the Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism website.