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Kenya's presidential debate trends worldwide

Wednesday, February 13, 2013 - 00:00 -- BY STAR REPORTER

Monday's presidential debate became one of the top trending topics on Twitter worldwide along with the surprise resignation announcement of Pope Benedict XVI.

There were an estimated 100,000 plus tweets posted on the presidential debate.

It is estimated that the tweets reached more than 189 million people in the three and a half hours of the debate.

Kenyans on Twitter used various hashtags to comment on the historic debate.

The posts on social media were varied, some chose to give armchair analysis of the debate, while others shared jokes about the candidates.

Journalists covering the debate also used social media to update their followers and friends on what was happening away from the camera view.

Foreign journalists covering the Kenya elections also tweeted about the debate.

Daniel Howden, a contributor for the Independent newspaper in the UK tweeted, “Kenya's debate as window on Africa: Optimistic, tech-savvy and less deferential, while haunted by corruption and abuse of power.”

Abduba Dida, the Alliance for Real Change candidate became an instant favourite with the social media crowd for his witty answers and unflinching but blunt questions aimed at the two top presidential contenders, Prime Minister Raila Odinga and his deputy Uhuru Kenyatta.