Wednesday 20 September 2017

Women's footie final creates a Twitter record

Japan celebrates winning the Women's World Cup
Japan celebrates winning the Women's World Cup

The Womens' World Cup final has set a world record ... for tweets per second.

In doing so it whipped the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton and the death of Osama bin Laden.

Japan came back twice to draw 2-2 with the United States after extra time. They went on to win a tense penalty shoot-out in Frankfurt.

The US was aiming for its third World Cup victory, while Japan lifted the World Cup trophy for the first time.

The climax drew 7,196 tweets per second, according to Twitter.

Paraguay’s penalty shootout win over Brazil in the men's Copa America quarter final later the same day came close to beating it with 7,166.

The previous record of 6,939 was set just after midnight in Japan on New Year’s Day.

Other hits include bin Laden's assassination (5,106 per second) and America's Super Bowl in February (4,064).

Spain’s World Cup win over the Netherlands in July 2010 managed a high of 3,051, although the record for the tournament (3,283) was set when Japan beat Denmark in the group stage.

The record-breaking numbers reflect a massive rise in Twitter usage.

Its users send 200 million tweets per day, compared to 10 million two years ago.

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