Bin Laden Announcement Sets New Twitter Records

The announcement of Osama Bin Laden’s death last night had everyone in a frenzy, and it would seem that everyone felt the need to tweet about it on Twitter. After the announcement of his death, the whole twittersphere went it chaos. At the peak of the event around 11pm EST there was 5,106 tweets per second.

That doesn’t claim the number one spot however, the all time record is still New Years Eve 2010 in Japan when there was a staggering 6,939 TPS at its peak. However it did manage to beat the Super Bowl 2011 which only reached 4,064 TPS.

According to Twitter, the event had the highest sustained rate of tweets ever. It had an average of 3,000 tweets per second between 10:45 and 2:20am. There was an incredible 38.7 million tweets in those 3 hours and 35 minutes. At it’s peak there was an average of 3,440 tweets per second from 10:45pm to 12:30pm EST. That’s an average of 12,4 million tweets an hour.

“Last night saw the highest sustained rate of Tweets ever. From 10:45 – 2:20am ET, there was an average of 3,000 Tweets per second. At 11p.m. ET, there were 5,106 Tweets per second. At 11:45p.m. ET, when Pres. Obama finished his remarks, there were 5,008 TPS. Note: The TPS numbers we reported last night were incomplete”

To put all the events into a little perspective, here’s a list of some other notable events and their TPS records:

* The all-time record is still NYE 2010 in Japan, with 6,939 TPS at its peak

* On the day of the Japanese earthquake and tsunami (On March 11th) Twitter usage reached 5,530 TPS. (Passing the 5,000 TPS mark five times that day).

* The 2011 Super Bowl reached 4,064 TPS

* Japan’s victory over Denmark in the World Cup reached 3,283 TPS

* Final game of the 2010 NBA finals peaked at 3,085 TPS

* Last Friday’s Royal Wedding reached a peak of 3,966 TPS at 4pm London time

Were you one of those who tweeted?




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