'Malarkey' is this week's 'Big Bird' on social media

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Last week, following the first presidential debate, Mitt Romney's reference to Big Bird featured in post-debate conversation for much of the week. This week's first and only vice presidential debate might not have had a Big Bird moment, but on social media, "malarkey" got the most buzz.

Although Twitter reported that the moment prompting the most tweets of the night was Biden's "Jack Kennedy" line, Biden's repeated use of malarkey early on propelled the latter to become and remain a nationally trending topic for most of the debate.

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On Facebook, "malarkey" and "my friend," both phrases repeatedly used by Biden during the debate, ranked in the top 10 topics of conversation, according to the Facebook politics team.

The VP debate was a popular topic on Facebook Thursday night, but didn't prompt quite as much conversation as the first presidential debate last week. Similarly, fewer tweets about this debate compared to the last were reported by Twitter.

Malarkey also ranked in the top four search terms associated with the debate on Google, according to the search engine's politics team. 

Google also broke down search interest during the debate into a timeline showing which moments prompted the biggest spikes in search traffic.


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Many people were looking for the definition of malarkey on Yahoo, that search engine reported Friday. According to Yahoo's analysis, more people were searching for Ryan than Biden. He received 165 percent more Yahoo searches than Biden on Thursday.

But the day after the debate, foreign policy terms such as Iran, Libya and Syria were getting the most search traffic, Yahoo said. Biden's first use of the word "malarkey" during the debate was his response to Ryan's criticism of the security breach at the U.S. embassy in Libya.