White House Correspondents Dinner: The night in 61,000 tweets

Some people spend the White House Correspondents Dinner chatting with their friends. Others spend it gawking at celebrities. The Fix spends it tweeting.

Apparently we’re not the only ones. According to the good folks at Twitter, almost 61,000 tweets with the hashtags #whcd or #nerdprom were sent between 6 pm and 11 pm eastern. (Roughly half of those were sent from the Fix.)

The peak of Twitter activity? When comedian Jimmy Kimmel poked fun at the weight of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie — right around 10:22 pm. There were 765 tweets per minute at that moment.

Here’s a full chart detailing the Twitter activity from the Nerd Prom. The other major peaks were Kimmel’s opening monologue (701 tweets per minute) and President Obama’s riff on the Republican field (686 tweets per minute.)


Chris Cillizza writes “The Fix,” a politics blog for the Washington Post. He also covers the White House.

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