New Year’s Day Brings Tweets-per-Second Record

Just four seconds into 2011 in Japan, Twitter set a new record with 6,939 Tweets per second, more than doubling its previous mark, which also involved Japan, as 3,283 Tweets per second went out after its national soccer team defeated Denmark during FIFA World Cup South Africa 2010.

Jenna Dawn posted on the Twitter Blog:

On Oshogatsu (Japanese New Year), Japan virtually shuts down as people spend the day with family and the people with whom they are closest. People make it a point to call their friends and connect with everyone they know to celebrate. With a population of over 127 million, Japanese mobile networks have been known to crash under the strain of this collective cheer. This year, on New Year’s Eve, many people turned to Twitter to celebrate.

Japan wasn’t alone. On New Year’s Eve, we saw epic Tweet activity around the world as people in each time zone inaugurated 2011. The East Coast time zone alone almost amassed the same amount of Tweets at its peak of 3,000 TPS as the entire world did during the peak moment of the World Cup.