Adam Sharp, Twitter’s director of government and news, said people are flocking to Twitter and other online avenues for the conventions because it allows them to consume news where they are.
‘‘You are no longer tethered to that screen in your living room or anywhere else — you can actively participate in these events while you’re in line at the supermarket or waiting for the bus. It’s incredibly transforming and freeing,’’ Sharp said.
Obama oddly got the last laugh on Twitter as the Republican convention wound down. On Thursday, after Eastwood conducted his rambling monologue with an empty chair intended to be Obama, the president’s campaign tweeted a photo showing the president seated in the Cabinet room with a caption that read, ‘‘this seat’s taken.’’ It was the most retweeted item of the GOP gathering.
Associated Press researcher Julie Reed contributed to this report.
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