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In the hours following Steve Jobs’ death, his millions of tech-minded admirers took to Twitter in record-breaking numbers to express their grief and celebrate the innovator’s life—resulting in the biggest online reaction to any event in recent history, The Age reported.
Last night, social media monitoring firm SR7 estimated that Twitter received about 10,000 tweets per second as a result of the news, with hashtags like #iSad and #ThankYouSteve topping the "trends" list. Prior to Jobs’ death, the biggest event to hit Twitter was the announcement of Beyoncé’s pregnancy at the MTV Video Music Awards, which generated 8868 tweets per second.