How Twitter Users Reacted to the NFL’s First Female Ref [CHARTS]

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August 12, 2012 by Volamoot at Mashable!

Shannon Eastin made history Thursday night as the first woman ever to referee an NFL game. She threw five penalty flags in the preseason matchup between the San Diego Chargers and Green Bay Packers. Her hat and whistle from the game will now be shipped to the Pro Football Hall of Fame to immortalize her achievement.

But how did the Twitter peanut gallery take to seeing the first female ref prowl NFL sidelines?

To find out, we tapped the social analytics firm Topsy to track the volume and mood of Twitter chatter before, during and after the game. The term “Shannon Eastin” was mentioned about 2,700 times during that span, according to the data, with mentions peaking near the game’s kic…
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