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Obama’s same-sex marriage announcement stirs buzz on Twitter | @MentionMachine

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President Obama’s name was mentioned on Twitter 112,294 times on Wednesday after he endorsed same-sex marriage.

That’s the highest total mentions he’s had in a 24-hour period since the @MentionMachine began counting tweets in January.

“Barack Obama” or @Barack Obama was mentioned more than five times more Wednesday than the previous day. His second-highest total tweets in a 24-hour period came in the hours before and after the State of the Union on Jan. 24 and 25.

The Obama campaign’s own tweet of the announcement was retweeted 47,000 times, according to social analytics site Topsy.

<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet”><p>”Same-sex couples should be able to get married.”—President Obama</p>&mdash; Barack Obama (@BarackObama) <a href=”https://twitter.com/BarackObama/status/200303635895296000” data-datetime=”2012-05-09T19:18:02+00:00”>May 9, 2012</a></blockquote> <script src=”//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js” charset=”utf-8”></script>

According to Twitter’s data, same-sex marriage and related terms were being tweeted as many as 7,347 times per minute on Wednesday.

<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet”><p>Gay marriage conversation peaked at 7,347 Tweets per minute at 3:22p ET yesterday. CHART: <a href=”http://t.co/BPfRQY0x” title=”http://twitter.com/gov/status/200625361028001793/photo/1”>twitter.com/gov/status/200…</a></p>&mdash; Twitter Government (@gov) <a href=”https://twitter.com/gov/status/200625361028001793” data-datetime=”2012-05-10T16:36:28+00:00”>May 10, 2012</a></blockquote> <script src=”//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js” charset=”utf-8”></script>

And same-sex marriage and related terms were mentioned 1.6 million times Wednesday — more than on any other day since President Obama took office.

<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet”><p>1.6M gay marriage-related Tweets yesterday doubled previous record, when NY state passed its law. CHART: <a href=”http://t.co/f2WbU2wv” title=”http://twitter.com/gov/status/200626614135042048/photo/1”>twitter.com/gov/status/200…</a></p>&mdash; Twitter Government (@gov) <a href=”https://twitter.com/gov/status/200626614135042048” data-datetime=”2012-05-10T16:41:28+00:00”>May 10, 2012</a></blockquote> <script src=”//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js” charset=”utf-8”></script>

But buzz wasn’t the only result of the announcement. Dan Eggen reports the Obama campaign received a surge in donations after the news broke.

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