Twitterers were greeted this morning by news of a plummeting Dow Jones Industrial average.

Dow off 177 at the start.  on Twitpic

During the course of the morning, it continued to fall:

https://twitter.com/derekbrinker/status/266226682812329985

And fall:

https://twitter.com/HeathMayo/status/266187767078322176

And fall:

And fall:

And fall:

https://twitter.com/jwright118/status/266227220119441408

The Dow Jones intraday drop is now 2.23% (and rising), greater than the biggest drop so far in 2012 record on June 1. The last time the market plunged as much: literally one year ago, or November 9, 2011. Sadly, it appears that one can’t have their Dow Jones Industrial Average and redistribute it too.

For many Twitterers, the news didn’t come as much of a shock. But it still hurt:

By its very nature, the stock market fluctuates. But the day after an anti-business, anti-free-market president won reelection, the Dow’s performance could prove to be a sobering — and frightening — preview of what’s to come if we don’t restore a pro-growth agenda.

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