By Tom Quiner
Dr. Ben Carson won the debate on Twitter last night.
Look at the chart above. He picked up twice as many followers as his nearest competitor, Marco Rubio, despite a less impressive (in my opinion) performance than most of the other candidates.
According to Facebook, more people were talking about Dr. Carson during the debate than any other candidate. Here is their ranking based on the number of Facebook mentions during the debate:
1) Ben Carson
2) Donald Trump
3) Rand Paul
4) Ted Cruz
5) Carly Fiorina
Here are the number of Facebook followers each candidate has:
Here’s the significance: Barack Obama leveraged social media to win two hotly contested elections.
Dr. Carson and Donald Trump are also enjoying social media success. That’s why their candidacies seem to have legs. (To put the numbers above in perspective, President Obama has 45 million followers today.)
I keep waiting for each of them to implode.
Their popularity on social media reveals the clout the new media has, and the declining clout of the MSM.
I still think their numbers will decline. But when?