Who won last night’s presidential debate? It’s the question of the moment.

Who won? (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

As The Fix’s Aaron Blake points out, the general consensus is that it was Mitt Romney. But we have some exciting new tools to help readers form their own conclusions.

Our Say What feature stacks analysis from Post writers such as Chris Cillizza, Philip Rucker and Glenn Kessler against social reactions. You can see the Twitter conversations that surfaced during and after the debate Wednesday night, from tweets about the economy to lighthearted one-liners defending Big Bird, the iconic PBS character.

You can also get a sense for the social reaction to the debates on The Grid, where Twitter conversations, Instagram photos and live coverage merge to tell a visual story about the first of three presidential debates. Complete with factcheckingwitty reactions and tweets about what it all means.

Last night, The Grid asked readers how strongly they agreed/disagreed with what was being said. That sentiment was registered in real time, said Cory Haik, executive producer of digital news, and then integrated into our Say What feature.

“It’s pretty exciting,” said Haik, who noted that mobile users of The Grid also registered their reactions to the debate, while watching their televisions.

And if you’re still looking for more analysis and scoring, join Associate Editor Bob Kaiser at 12 p.m. ET for a chat about the first presidential debate. He will take your questions and comments about the debate, from moments that disappointed or inspired you to points in the debate that were too wonky.


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