At 12:18 PT this afternoon, shortly after President Obama got on TV and publicly announced for the first time that he supports same-sex marriage, this tweet was posted on his Twitter page:
"Same-sex couples should be able to get married." --President Obama
Just eight hours later, this tweet had been retweeted more than 50,000 times... and counting.
Normally, people can only see up to 50 retweets on Twitter's own counter. But these numbers are being tallied by a customized ticker made by "evangelist/hacker" Michael Schonfeld, according to tech news site The Next Web. He told TNW that he used Twitter's "rest" API to create the ticker, which can be seen at retweetingobama.com.
When CNET contacted Twitter for comment, the company said that the same-sex marriage conversation on the social network peaked at 7,347 tweets per minute at 12:22 PT and that there were 1.6 million gay marriage-related tweets over the course of the day, which doubled the previous record when New York state passed its law.