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Most sustained tweets ever
Twitter states that the night of Osama bin Laden’s death announcement saw “the highest sustained rate of Tweets ever.” From 10:45 to 12:30pm ET, there was an average of 3,440 Tweets per second.
source Twitter.com & @miguelrios
Twitter comparison stats: Other peak TPS events (Tweets per second):
Source: NM Incite
- New Year’s Eve 2011 6,939 tweets/second
- Japanese Earthquake & Tsunami (3/11/2011): 5,530 tweets/second. TPS went over 5,000 mark five times and 177 million tweets total that day.
- Osama bin Laden Dead: 5,106 tweets/second. 5,008 when Obama statement ended.
- Super Bowl 2011: 4,064 tweets/second.
- Royal Wedding: 3,966 tweets/second, at peak (4pm UK time).
How did you hear of bin Laden’s death?
Source: Poll of 18,485 readers by Mashable
Source: Poll of 4,935 readers by CNET
Positivity of tweets
Global Internet Traffic
Traffic was up, but nowhere near historical peak levels:
Source Akamai and Huffington Post
Live Tweets of attack
- Osama Bin Laden Dead, The Story Twitter Broke
- Twitter Reacts To Osama’s Death