More than 1.36M take to Twitter to talk State of the Union

CINCINNATI - If you sat with your social media accounts open during the Tuesday evening State of the Union address, you were among millions voicing their thoughts minute by minute.

According to Twitter Government, 1.36 million tweets were sent using #SOTU during President Barack Obama's State of the Union address and the Republic response that followed.

There were three key moments for tweets while President Obama was speaking. The first came about 9:43 p.m. with 19,000 tweets per minute when the president spoke about education. The next twitter flurry came at about 9:52 p.m. when Obama talked about minimum wage and the middle class with 24,000 tweets per minute. At about 10:12 p.m., there were approximately 23,700 tweets per minute when Obama talked about called for a vote on gun legislation.

Another top moment in the evening came when Sen. Marco Rubio paused for a drink of water during the Republican response at 10:43 p.m. with 9,200 tweets per minute.

This year's interactions on Twitter exceeded the number of tweets during the 2012 State of the Union address, which drew more than 766,000 users to the social media site.

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9 On Your Side Anchor Brian Yocono contributed to this report.

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