As PRNewser readers surely know, two major news events occurred yesterday: the launch event for Apple’s iPad tablet computer and President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address.
On at least one medium — Twitter — Obama had more hype than the iPad. The State of the Union peaked at 9,000 tweets per minute, while the iPad Launch peaked at 7,000 tweets per minute, according to Retrevo’s Tech Buzzmeter.
The consumer electronics review and shopping site used the same data gathering it uses to report on real time consumer electronics trends and applied it to Twitter and real time news.
To compare, topics such as ‘Britney Spears’ get about 10-20 Tweets per minute on a sustained basis.