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Wednesday
Oct172012

Internet Takes Off with Mitt Romney’s ‘Binders Full of Women’

Scott Eells/Bloomberg via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Despite all the fireworks over taxes, oil and Libya, the most buzzworthy social media moment of Tuesday night’s presidential debate was Republican nominee Mitt Romney’s comment about “binders full of women.”

The inadvertently funny comment came in response to a question about pay equity for women from a member of the audience of the debate between Romney and President Obama at Hofstra University.

Romney was explaining that as the governor of Massachusetts searching for qualified women to fill cabinet posts, women’s groups brought him “binders full of women” who were good candidates.

“And I said, ‘Well, gosh, can’t we -- can’t we find some -- some women that are also qualified?” Romney said. “I went to a number of women’s groups and said, ‘Can you help us find folks,’ and they brought us whole binders full of women.”

The response was swift.

“‘They brought me whole binders full of women’ Did I just hear that? #debate,” tweeted @MichaelAusiello.

“‘They brought us binders full of women,’ doesn’t sound good in any setting,” added the New York Times’ Nick Bilton.

It wasn’t long before the Internet took the comment and ran with it.

A new Tumblr account popped up with images inspired by the comment, including one from the now-famous “Texts from Hillary” meme.

“Romney still uses binders? LOL,” read the caption attached to a photo of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

A freshly minted Twitter account “@RomneysBinder” tweeted out: “Boy, I’m full of women! #debates” and by the end of the debate had more than 30,000 followers. A second @Romneys_Binder handle netted more than 12,000 followers by the end of the debate.

A fake “Binders Full of Women” Facebook account launched shortly after, along with several others. And the BindersFullofWomen.com domain name was purchased just minutes after the comments came from Romney’s mouth.

Though it didn’t top the 10 million tweets that watchers put out during the first presidential debate, more than 7.2 million tweets poured out from watchers of this second town hall-style event.

A few other moments of this more lively debate caused a stir.

When Romney repeated questioner Lorraine Osorio’s name several times before getting it right, more than 109,000 tweets per minute commented on the moment.

When the candidates first argued directly with each other on Obama’s policy on oil drilling, Twitter comments peaked at 97,000 tweets per minute.

And more than 98,000 comments were tweeted out when Obama jabbed Romney on the size of his pensions.

“I don’t look at my pension, its not as big as yours,” Obama said.

And the same number of tweets -- 98,000 -- came in response to Obama’s answer to a question about how his administration responded to the attacks on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi.

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Tuesday
May012012

Rep. Paul Ryan Gets His Own 'Hey Girl' Internet Meme

Michael Bonfigli /The Christian Science Monitor via Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- The Internet meme that propelled Ryan Gosling to viral Internet heartthrob status took a turn for the political this week, setting its hunky photo captioning prowess upon House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan.

Both Twitter and Tumblr lit up with photos of the Republican budget maker, overlaid with quirky economy-related tag lines, such as the "Hey Girl, It's Paul Ryan" meme was born.

"Hey Girl, go ahead and splurge on those shoes," reads one of the photos posted to the "Hey Girl, It's Paul Ryan" microblogging website Tumblr Tuesday. "I'm saving trillions by reforming entitlement programs."

Over a photo of Ryan gazing forward while resting his chin on his hand, another post reads: "Girl, there's a deficit in my heart that only you and an unbridled private sector can fill."

The 5-term congressman has made a name for himself both on and off Capitol Hill of late by proposing sweeping changes to the country's budget, which include deep spending cuts to bring down the federal deficit.

His budget plan passed through the House this year with virtually no Democratic support and was declared dead-on-arrival in the Democrat-controlled Senate.

Ryan is supposedly on the short list of vice presidential picks for presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney. The two campaigned together last month in Ryan's home state of Wisconsin.

While Ryan is perhaps the highest-profile politician to be made into a "Hey Girl" meme, the online sensation first went viral last year when photos of actor Ryan Gosling were paired with charming phrases such as "Hey Girl, sometimes I get so sad when we can't watch 'Golden Girls' together."

A similarly simple photo-stream meme made its first salvo into the political realm when two photos of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, clad in sunglasses and texting on her BlackBerry aboard a C-17 military plane, were used to create "Texts from Hillary."

The site paired the photos of Clinton with images of other celebrities (from Oprah to Romney) holding their cellphones along with their imagined text messages.

The Tumblr site soon went viral, and even got a shout-out from Clinton, who met with the site's creators and posted an imagined text of her own.

Newark, N.J., Mayor Cory Booker earned himself a spot in Internet memedom as well, after he ran into a burning house to save his neighbor in April.

Days later the site "Super Corey Booker" was born, showcasing photos of a fierce-looking Booker saying, "Time to run into burning buildings and chew bubble gum… and I'm all outta gum!"

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Tuesday
Oct252011

Obama Campaign Launches Tumblr Page

Kevin Lamarque-Pool/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- The Obama campaign launched a Tumblr page on Monday for the 2012 campaign in an effort to engage younger voters seen as a key constituency for the embattled president’s re-election bid.

Aides made the announcement on Twitter, via @BarackObama, underscoring the importance of social media users -- and Obama’s 10.7 million followers -- to the campaign.

A blog message on the Obama Tumblr page asks supporters to submit anecdotes, photos, videos and links related to their involvement with the campaign to create a “collaborative storytelling effort.”

“Upload a photo of 2012 t-shirts or signs you see out in the wild,” the message reads.  “Pass along jokes, particularly if they’re funny.”

[Click here to visit the Obama campaign's Tumblr page]

As for contributions from Obama critics, the campaign acknowledges that it expects them to be part of the mix.

“There will be trolls among you: this we know,” according to the message.  "We ask only that you remember that we’re people -- fairly nice ones -- and that your mother would want you to be polite.”

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