Twitter Stats & Graphics on Osama bin Laden’s death

TPS ChartOther RecordsWhere people heard firstGlobal Internet TrafficLive Tweets of attack — “The Opinion Navigator” — Other linksYour Comments

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.


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

Osama Bin Laden Opinion Navigator (click to try)

Positivity of tweets


Global Internet Traffic

Traffic was up, but nowhere near historical peak levels:

Source Akamai and Huffington Post

Live Tweets of attack

Read the rest of the live tweets of the raid that killed Osama bin Laden

Other links

  1. Osama Bin Laden Dead, The Story Twitter Broke
  2. Twitter Reacts To Osama’s Death

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