What is up with Castle In The Sky?
Hayao Miyazaki’s Japanese anime film, originally released in 1986 and recently screened on Saturday, August 3, has set another tweets-per-second (TPS) record: 143,199.
The peak moment occurred on August 2 at 7:21:50 PDT; August 3 at 11:21:50 JST.
In comparison, Twitter normally nets more than 500 million tweets a day, or 5,700 tweets a second on average. So this spike was around 25 times greater than Twitter’s “steady state.”
In a true sign of Twitter’s current strength, the site held perfectly stable throughout the peak, with no users experiencing blips of outage. No Fail Whale for the Twitter Engineering team, who documented their re-architecting of the site in the blog post announcing the new record.
Long-time Twitter users will recall that it’s not the first time Castle In The Sky has set a TPS record on Twitter.
On December 9, 2011, a TV screening in Japan of the film led to 25,088 tweets per second, a record at the time.
So what’s the deal with this cult hit anime movie? If you’ve seen it, and have an answer, let us know in the comments.
(Castle in the Sky image via DeviantArt.)