Most popular global events on Twitter as measured in tweets per second from 2011 to 2012

Events with the most tweets per second on Twitter 2011-2012 This statistic shows the most popular global events on Twitter, measured in amount of tweets per second generated between January 2011 and February 2012. On March 11, 2011, the earthquake and tsunami in Japan generated 5,530 tweets per second. In December 2011, a television airing of the 1986 animated Studio Ghibli film Castle in the Sky set the record of being the most-tweeted-about event with 25,088 tweets per second. Furthermore, during the 2012 UEFA European Football Championship finale between Spain and Italy, messages spiked at 13,358 tweets per second during the fourth goal for Spain.
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Tweets per second
Castle in the Sky on TV (Dec 9, '11)25,088
Euro 2012 Finale, Spain's 4th goal against Italy (Jul 1, '12)15,358
Madonna's Super Bowl Halftime Performance (Feb 5, '12)10,245
Last minutes of Superbowl XLVI (Feb 5, '12)10,245
Tim Tebow's Overtime Touchdown Pass (Jan 6, '12)9,420
Beyonce at the VMAs (Aug 28, '11)8,868
Execution of Troy Davis (Sep 20, '11)7,671
End of FIFA Women's World Cup (Jul 17, '11)7,196
Brazil eliminated from the Copa America (Jul 17, '11)7,166
Steve Jobs resigns (Aug 25, '11)7,064
New Year's Day in Japan (Jan 1, '11)6,939
BET Awards (Jun 27, '11)6,436
UEFA Champions League (May 28, '11)6,303
Steve Jobs passes away (Oct 6, '11)6,049
NBA Finals Lebron Tweet (Jun 13, '11)5,531
Japanese earthquake and tsunami
(Mar 11, '11)
5,530
Tweets per second
Castle in the Sky on TV (Dec 9, '11)25,088
Euro 2012 Finale, Spain's 4th goal against Italy (Jul 1, '12)15,358
Madonna's Super Bowl Halftime Performance (Feb 5, '12)10,245
Last minutes of Superbowl XLVI (Feb 5, '12)10,245
Tim Tebow's Overtime Touchdown Pass (Jan 6, '12)9,420
Beyonce at the VMAs (Aug 28, '11)8,868
Execution of Troy Davis (Sep 20, '11)7,671
End of FIFA Women's World Cup (Jul 17, '11)7,196
Brazil eliminated from the Copa America (Jul 17, '11)7,166
Steve Jobs resigns (Aug 25, '11)7,064
New Year's Day in Japan (Jan 1, '11)6,939
BET Awards (Jun 27, '11)6,436
UEFA Champions League (May 28, '11)6,303
Steve Jobs passes away (Oct 6, '11)6,049
NBA Finals Lebron Tweet (Jun 13, '11)5,531
Japanese earthquake and tsunami
(Mar 11, '11)
5,530
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This statistic shows the most popular global events on Twitter, measured in amount of tweets per second generated between January 2011 and February 2012. On March 11, 2011, the earthquake and tsunami in Japan generated 5,530 tweets per second. In December 2011, a television airing of the 1986 animated Studio Ghibli film Castle in the Sky set the record of being the most-tweeted-about event with 25,088 tweets per second. Furthermore, during the 2012 UEFA European Football Championship finale between Spain and Italy, messages spiked at 13,358 tweets per second during the fourth goal for Spain.
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Release date
July 2012
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Worldwide
Survey time period
January 2011 to February 2012
Supplementary notes
Information regarding the UEFA Euro 2012 Final are Twitter's blog.
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