And as you might guess, Election Night 2012 turned scores of tweeters users into quick-typing political junkies. Whether looking up Nate Silver's state-by-state predictions or following @HuffPostPol's interactive voting map, the Twittershpere wanted to be informed with second-by-second updates.
Of the 31 million tweets the Twitter blog states were posted on Election Day, a handful will go down in Twitter history for defining the evening. Below, we've compiled a slideshow of memorable posts from news correspondents, grumpy celebrities, fictional characters, President Obama himself -- and others.
Did you use Twitter to keep up with election coverage? Which organizations or people do you follow for the best updates? Let us know your suggestions in the comments section below, or tweet us at [@HuffPostTech]. Then read more about the most retweeted photo ever, or learn how Twitter may be able to predict an election (here).
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