Inauguration Day Generates More Than 12 Million Tweets


The number of tweets per minute peaked at 58,000 with the swearing in of Donald Trump as the 45th POTUS.

The presidency of Donald Trump continues to be a boon for Twitter.

People have sent 12 million tweets about about his inauguration as the 45th president of the United States. 

Twitter began measuring tweets about Inauguration Day at 9 a.m. ET. Twitter chatter peaked at 12:02 p.m. ET with 58,000 tweets per minute as Trump took the oath of office. Another spike occurred when President Barack Obama departed by helicopter from the Capitol Building.

Here is how Inauguration Day has played out on Twitter: 



The official inaugural proceedings during Obama's reelection in 2013 generated 1.1 million tweets, up from 82,000 in 2009 when Twitter's user base was still small. Those numbers are not a direct comparison to today's inauguration because for those events Twitter only measured tweets during the hour of the swearing-in ceremony. Today's 12 million figure represents a six-and-a-half hour period of all Inauguration Day proceedings. 

The 2013 Inauguration peaked with nearly 28,000 tweets per minute and the 2009 Inauguration peaked with 3,210 tweets per minute. 

Twitter currently has 317 million monthly active users. 

Friday, Jan. 20, also saw the transition of social media and online accounts from the Obama administration to the Trump administration. Obama has continued to tweet, however, offering up a message from his @BarackObama account a few hours after he transitioned the presidency to Trump.