Twitter users in Singapore sent out a grand total of 170,000 tweets over the past two weeks as election fever took over the Southeast Asian city-state.
The bulk of the online chatter occurred on Polling Day, with netizens churning out 110,000 election-related conversations on Twitter last Friday and the wee hours of Saturday morning. Tweets on the social media platform peaked at 330 tweets per minute at 12.29am local time on Saturday, alongside the announcements of final election results.
Twitter released the statistics on Saturday after tabulating the online chatter in Singapore from September 1-11. September 1 was Nomination Day, which marked the official start of the election campaign, and saw a flurry of 15,000 tweets being sent.
We heard the roar of the crowd on # PollingDaywith 110K election-related Tweets. # GE2015http://reverb.guru/view/533848114043730100 …
This year's general elections had been dubbed Singapore's most hotly-contested poll since independence 50 years ago, with the opposition parties mounting their biggest challenge against ruling People's Action Party (PAP) by contesting all 89 parliamentary seats for the first time.
However, the PAP stomped to a strong victory, taking 83 seats in the parliament while increasing its share of the vote to nearly 70 percent. That marked a drastic improvement from the 60.1 percent vote the ruling party had garnered in the 2011 elections.