Death Of Osama Bin Laden Sets New Tweet Record, Says Twitter

Yesterday during our analysis of the impact of Osama Bin Laden’s death on Twitter we reported on numbers that Twitter had shared that revealed that the platform reached more than 4,000 tweets per second (TPS) at the beginning and end of President Obama’s speech about the incident.

New data from Twitter suggests that this number fell a little short of the actual totals, which have set new records for sustained tweets per second over a period of time.

Twitter’s @twitterglobalpr account tweeted out the updated information yesterday afternoon.

  • 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 President Obama finished his remarks, there were 5,008 TPS
  • Twitter averaged 3440 TPS from 10:45 to 12:30pm ET last night
  • The Japanese earthquake had bigger spikes for more hours, but not for a significant sustained period
  • The Super Bowl had a sustained spike during halftime, but it was closer to 15 minutes

Twitter also unveiled this graph of tweet activity for the evening of Sunday, May 1, 2011 (click to enlarge):

Impressive stuff. And as I suggested yesterday activity and speculation around Bin Laden’s death will inevitably have a tail considerably longer than that of the Superbowl and  even the Japanese earthquake.

(Source: TwitterGlobalPR, Image Credit: Miguel Rios, Twitter.)

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