‘Iran Election’ Brings Web Searchers to Twitter

The controversial election in Iran turned into a boon of sorts for Twitter, as the social-networking site saw traffic spike due to news and photos of the rallies in that country, according to an analyst blog by Heather Dougherty of Hitwise.

Dougherty said traffic to Twitter.com rose 13% June 12 compared with the previous Friday and was up 23% June 17 versus the prior Wednesday.

The search term “Iran election” was particularly kind to Twitter, as it received the highest share of clicks from queries, topping Google News. The National Post and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution tied for the third spot.