In case your head's been in the sand, news broke this morning that President Barack Obama has won the 2008 Nobel Peace Prize. In case you're wondering why you may have trouble accessing Twitter this morning, it's because Twitter is, well, all a-twitter with the news.
Quipped social media news site Mashable: "If Twitter manages to go through this eventful day (NASA's moon landing, as well as Miley Cirus quitting Twitter are also popular topics) without a meltdown, it'll be quite an accomplishment."
The Nobel site
also appears to be groaning under an onslaught of visitors.
I checked Twitter early this morning, searching under "Barack Obama Wins
" and the posts came in like water over Niagara Falls. Dozens of topics related to the award and Obama are trending on Tweetmeme
. It was also, not surprisingly, a trending topic on Muckrack
, a Web site that aggregates tweets from journalists.
One might expect heads to be exploding all over the right side of the social media sphere, but locally, at Power Line
, the tone was almost congratulatory. Almost.
"It seems a tad premature, but is undoubtedly a token of the committee's high expectations for what is to come," writes Scott Johnson. "Obama's five disciples on the prize committee are helping to spread the word that he has come to bring peace, not a sword. His recognition comes for giving the world "hope for a better future" and striving for nuclear disarmament. Ah, but of course! Congratulations are in order." (He follows with some pithy remarks on other recent peace prize winners.)
There was some puzzlement on the left as well. Jeff Rosenberg
, writing at MNPublius, scratched his head.
"This is at least 20 years too early," he writes. "This might not make me really popular as the author of a liberal blog, but all I have to do is read the criteria for winning the prize, which says the winner "shall have done the most or the best work for fraternity between nations, for the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses." Obama simply hasn't even had the time to do any of that yet."
Best early-morning Twin Cities tweet goes to Chuckumentary
: "Obama nabs Nobel Peace Prize Committee praised him for "not starting any wars yet" and being "way cooler than Bush."
MinnPost twitterholic Dave Brauer
added, "I'd at least have waited until his Afghanistan decision, Nobelers."
took a lighter, self-referential tack: "Barack Obama won the Nobel Peace Prize? A little like a local TV reporter getting his own day."