Clinton social media buzz beats the field - so far

The former secretary of state's presidential announcement made bigger waves than those of any rivals on either side of the aisle - Democrat or Republican -- who have announced to this point.

When Hillary Rodham Clinton made her long-anticipated presidential bid official on Sunday, the ensuing social media buzz torpedoed any waves made by previously announced GOP candidates Rand Paul and Ted Cruz.

The Wall Street Journal obtained data from Facebook that showed "4.7 million users posted 10.1 million comments, likes, shares, or posts related to Mrs. Clinton’s launch." That’s much more than the 865,000 users and 1.9 million interactions on Facebook after Paul announced, and 2.1 million users accounting for 5.5 million interactions on Facebook when Cruz said he was running for president.

However, Facebook did not break down positive versus negative social media mentions.

Clinton pulled more than 12 million views in nine hours after her "I’m running" tweet went live, and @hillaryclinton’s followers increased by more than 160,000 in two days, according to the WSJ.

(ICYMI, Saturday Night Live offered its own prediction of Clinton’s announcement during the show’s cold open last week, courtesy of Kate McKinnon. Show alum and current announcer Darrell Hammond resurrected his Bill Clinton role, too). 

Meanwhile, the former first lady was not without support from celebrities such as Scandal’s Kerry Washington, who retweeted @hillaryclinton on Sunday, as well as other influencers online. The Insider with Yahoo asked some major Hollywood names at the MTV Movie Awards to weigh in on Clinton’s bid Sunday night. 

But she didn’t please everyone with Sunday’s launch. 

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