Wilson gains thousands of Twitter followers after outburst

Rep. Joe Wilson's (R-S.C.) decision to shout "you lie!" at President Obama during his speech Wednesday night may not have been the most politically expedient move, but it did wonders for his Twitter follower count.

Before his speech, Wilson had just over 2,300 Twitter followers before the address. Now he has more than 6,900 people tracking him, just about tripling his follower base.

The fifth-term Republican has not tweeted since Monday.

Usually, users gain followers by tweeting often and by other high-follower users re-tweeting their messages. Wilson's retort proved to be an exception to these trends.

Wilson's last tweet came at a Labor Day rally in Chapin, S.C.:

Happy Labor Day! Wonderful parade at Chapin, many people called out to oppose Obamacare which I assured them would be relayed tomorrow to DC

The South Carolinian's website has also seen exceptionally high traffic since his outburst, causing the site to crash, reports The Hill's Eric Zimmermann.

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