Most tweeted events in history of Twitter
Twitter is a widely popular social media networking service created by Jack Dorsey and co-founded by Noah Glass, Evan Williams and Christopher "Biz" Stone in 2006. On Twitter, users can post text and photo messages (referred to as tweets) with a limit of 140 characters via the main site or wirelessly using a smartphone or tablet device. In September 2013, Twitter tweeted that the company planned to go public and reported that it has 200 million active users as of February 2013. Here are the most tweeted events as of October 2013 in the order that they happened.
The death of Osama Bin Laden, founder of the al-Qaida terrorist organization that claimed responsibility for the Sept. 11 attacks, was announced by U.S. President Barack Obama on May 2, 2011. Obama's remarks received 3,440 tweets per minute, a Twitter record at the time.
Musician-actress Beyoncé Knowles-Carter announced that she and her husband, rapper Shawn "Jay-Z" Carter, were going to be parents. The announcement was made at the MTV VMAs on Aug. 28, 2011, and amassed 8,868 tweets per second on Twitter.
Well-known for his work as co-founder and chief executive of Apple, Inc., longtime innovator Steve Jobs died on Oct. 5, 2011. Two months before his death, Jobs resigned as Apple chief executive and people took to Twitter mentioning Jobs in 7,064 tweets per second. Jobs was mentioned in nearly 10,000 tweets per second around the time of his death.
The Spain National Football Team, the 2010 World Cup Champions, added to its legacy by defeating Italy to capture the 2012 Euro Championship. Spain's Euro 2012 victory quickly reverberated through the Twitterverse and racked up mentions in 267,200 tweets per minute.
President Barack Obama, first elected in 2008, won a second term in office by defeating Republican candidate Mitt Romney on Nov. 6, 2012. On the night of the election, Obama was mentioned on Twitter in 327,452 tweets per minute. The next day, Obama tweeted "Four more years," which was retweeted more than 700,000 times.
The 2012 Summer Olympics in London received 150 million mentions throughout its collective events. Jamaican runner Usain Bolt brought home a gold medal for his efforts and he was mentioned in several tweets; Bolt's performance garnered 74,000 and 80,000 tweets per minute during the 100-meter and 200-meter dash events, respectively. Those numbers were eclipsed by the Spice Girls performance during the closing ceremonies, which received 116,000 tweets per minute.
On Feb. 3, 2013, the Baltimore Ravens narrowly defeated the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII. Despite the efforts of both teams, the most talked-about aspect of the game on Twitter was the power outage during the third quarter, which was mentioned in 231,500 tweets per minute. 2008's Super Bowl XLII hit a peak of 27 tweets per minute, a record at the time.
Pope Francis (born Jorge Mario Bergoglio) began his papacy on March 13, 2013, after the sudden resignation of Pope Benedict XVI a month earlier. The first pope from the Americas (Buenos Aires), Francis' installment was mentioned on Twitter in 132,000 tweets per minute.
On April 15, 2013, two bombs exploded hours after the conclusion of the Boston Marathon. The tragic events were mentioned in nearly 3,000 tweets per second on Twitter; the total amount of tweets mentioning the bombings exceeded 27 million as of September 2013.
On July 7, 2013, tennis pro Andy Murray became the first British player to win the Wimbledon Men's Championship in 77 years. Murray bested Novak Djokovic in the final match to claim the title, and the victory itself claimed 120,000 tweets per minute on Twitter.
Japan's television screening of Hayao Miyazaki’s “Castle in the Sky” anime movie, originally released in 1986, set Twitter records on two separate occasions. In 2011, the screening received 25,088 tweets per second; In 2013, the screening received 143,199 tweets per second.
Miley Cyrus' performance at the 2013 MTV VMAs opposite Robin Thicke on Aug. 25 ignited Twitter feeds and garnered several mixed reactions. Cyrus and her raunchy performance were mentioned in 306,100 tweets per minute.