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Gay kiss and Scottie dogs lead for buzz at Commonwealth Games opening ceremony

The Opening Ceremony of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games took place last night, but it was not the Queen’s speech, the baton being taken into the stadium by Chris Hoy or the fireworks that dominated the social conversation: it was Scottie dogs and John Barrowman kissing a man.

Scottie dogs win the Commonwealth Games

With over 87,000 mentions made on social using the words “opening ceremony”, and 570,000 tweets being sent in total about the ceremony, Tospy saw that the conversation was more positively than 83 per cent of all other phrases on Twitter during the past day.

Over 4,000 mentions were made of the Scottie dogs, which ushered in each country.

Roughly the same amount of mentions were made about John Barrowman, one of the performers of the opening show who kissed another man mid-ceremony: which has led to outrage since homophobia is illegal in over 40 of the countries competing in the Games.

A fly-by from the Red Arrows played part in the show, with one of the pilots actually tweeting mid--flight.

Sweet treats also played a role in the opening ceremony, with Tunnocks Teacakes being involved in the Opening Ceremony.

Other talked about moments of the Opening Ceremony included technical issues opening the torch to get out the message, Susan Boyle performing 'Mull of Kintyre', a tribute to Nelson Mandela, a ballet version of the Proclaimer’s 500 miles and a cameo from the Loch Ness Monster.

According to Twitter data, it was the music that to the highest numbers of tweets per minute, with Susan Boyle performing 'Mull of Kintyre', Rod Stewart playing 'Rhythm of my Heart' and God Save The Queen being sung by Robert Lovie all being peaks.

However, not everyone was impressed:

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