Twitter announced in a tweet yesterday that the Women’s World Cup final between the United States and Japan, which Japan won in a shootout, set a record for most tweets per second with 7196. In the same tweet, Twitter also announced that yesterday’s Paraguay/Brazil quarterfinal match in the Copa America tournament (won by Paraguay in a shootout) was second all time with 7166 tweets per second.
In terms of past events, Super Bowl 2011 saw 4,064 TPS, and the all-time high was New Years Eve 2010 in Japan, which hit 6,939 TPS at its peak. On the day of the Japanese earthquake and Tsunami in March, Twitter usage reached 5,530 TPS. And during the Royal Wedding in England in April, Twitter reached a peak of 3,966 TPS.
Twitter just turned five years old, and the number of users has grown precipitously, with 600,000 users reportedly signing up for the service daily.