Who Won the Debate? Think Twice About the Answers on Twitter

… After the debate between Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. and Representative Paul D. Ryan last Thursday, Mr. Lotan’s company gathered examples on Twitter of users who used strong language like “Biden won” or “Ryan won” in describing their perception of the debate’s outcome. …

But underlying the declarations by Twitter users of the victor in the debate were signs that the conclusion was echoed by their sources of information on Twitter. Users who concluded that Mr. Biden won the debate often follow a similar group of Twitter accounts, and those who awarded the victory to Mr. Ryan follow another group of Twitter accounts with very little overlap between the two. [cont.]

Michael Roston, New York Times