Super Bowl finale sets Twitter record
IN THE final three minutes of last night’s Super Bowl, a new Twitter record was set for the highest amount of tweets sent per second during a sports match.
During the final 180 seconds of the match, which was watched around the world by more than 120 million people, an average of 10,000 tweets were sent per second, said the site.
The previous highest number of tweets posted a second in a sports match was during the Women’s football World Cup final last year, between Japan and America.
The match, which ended in a nail-biting penalty shoot-out, helped set a new Twitter record, with 7,196 tweets published per second.
The all-time record for the most tweets sent a second happened in Japan during the premiere of the Japanese movie, ‘Castles in the Sky’ last December. A whopping 25,088 tweets were posted a second during the film’s debut.
When Beyonce broke the news that she was pregnant last August, at the MTV Video Music Awards, she also sent Twitter users into a frenzy.
A record 8,868 tweets were sent per second, after Beyoncé showed off her bump during a performance at the ceremony, said a spokesman for the San Francisco-based service.
In 2010, the men’s World Cup final marked the largest ever period of sustained tweeting, with more than 2,000 tweets per second during the final 15 minutes of the game.
Other major news events such as the Royal Wedding in the UK last year saw huge bursts of Twitter activity, with 3,966 tweets posted per second.
Similarly the death of Steve Jobs caused a major surge in Twitter activity, reaching a high of 6,049 tweets per second last year.
This year’s Olympics are expected to rival the tweets per second record, as the microblogging site continues to play a greater role during live sports and cultural events.