Lord Ashdown has urged people to give Liberal Democrats leader Nick Clegg "space" to decide his future after the party suffered heavy losses in the General Election.
Lord Ashdown said Mr Clegg was "arguably the most decent man in politics" and added that he remained "proud" of the campaign run by the party.
Ed Davey, who lost his Kingston and Surbiton constituency to Conservative James Berry, has said he found "an awful lot of people wanted to vote for me but didn't want to vote for my party."
The economy was the most talked about issue on Facebook in the constituency that Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander lost.
Over the course of the election campaign, the economy, environment, tax, health and Europe were the most discussed issues in the Inverness constituency.
Tweets about Nick Clegg have soared to 79% of the real time conversation on the social networking site - the highest of any leader over the course of the election campaign.
Earlier the Lib Dem leader was on 59% after many senior party figures lost their seats.
The Liberal Democrats' rapid decline in popularity is to be blamed on their coalition with the Conservatives, Lib Dem blogger Giles Wilkes told ITV News.
Speaking in the Opinion Room, the Financial Times writer said the party have suffered for mistakes made by the Conservatives and never would have foreseen such a backlash.
"The result we're looking at here is off the scale of anything any Lib Dem has ever considered likely. They always thought being in government can make you unpopular, but they never thought it would release this sort of tidal wave against them," Wilkes said.
"Being in coalition certainly caused this. If they had not gone into coalition with the Tories, the Tories would not be re-elected right now. They took a lot of flack for the Tories."
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Nick Clegg is currently the most talked about leader on Twitter with 59% of the conversation - the highest of any leader since polls closed at 10pm.
The Lib Dem leader has held on to his Sheffield Hallam seat despite the loss of many senior party members.
UPDATE: Tweets about Nick Clegg soared to 79% of the real time conversation shortly after the Lib Dem leader won his Sheffield Hallam seat.
The Conservatives were the most talked about party on Facebook in the constituency of Twickenham, where Business Secretary Vince Cable lost his seat.
Cable lost the seat he has held since 1997 to the Conservative candidate Tania Mathias.
Nick Clegg is currently the most talked about leader on Twitter after the Lib Dems lost many key figures, including Vince Cable and Simon Hughes.
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A Liberal Democrat source has told ITV News' Emily Morgan that it is "close, bloody close" in Nick Clegg's seat Sheffield Hallam.