Hillary Clinton

April 12, 2015: It was reported that Hillary Clinton officially launched her 2016 presidential campaign. (File/Getty Images)

April 12, 2015
Updated April 13, 2015 6:52 a.m.


Within an hour of her campaign’s digital launch Sunday, the tweet Hillary Clinton posted to announce her second bid for the presidency had been viewed 3 million times.

That eye-popping number comes from Twitter’s analytics team, which often briefs reporters on what kind of chatter has erupted on social media. There’s more: From right before her 3 p.m. Eastern time announcement, to right after 5 p.m., there were more than 420,000 tweets mentioning Hillary Clinton. A half an an hour after the announcement, there were 7,000 tweets about Clinton per minute.

A time lapse graphic by Twitter shows how Clinton’s announcement igniting a global conversation:

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