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Madonna beats Tebow: Super Bowl breaks Twitter record

Feb 6, 2012, 10:05 AM EDT

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OK, all of you who say that you never watch the Super Bowl halftime show: most of you are obviously lying. Madonna’s performance on Sunday broke the record for most tweets per second during a sporting event, according to Twitter, with a peak of 10,245 … topping the previous best of 9,420 set by the Tim Tebow-led Broncos in their playoff win over the Steelers. Yes, we live in a world where Madonna and Tim Tebow are more important than the killing of Osama bin Laden (5,008 tweets per second).

Madonna’s record held for a little over a hour, as the final three minutes of the game averaged 12,233 TPS. Overall, the game averaged 10,000 TPS, according to Twitter. That’s also a record.

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The highest Tweets per second #SuperBowl peak came at the end of the game: 12,233. 2nd highest was during Madonna’s performance: 10,245.

Catalysts for the Twitter tsunami? Most obviously Ahmad Bradshaw’s reluctant butt touchdown (laugh track), and guest singer MIA’s digit malfunction during the halftime show. However …

MSNBC:

While all those numbers are impressive, the all-time TPS record still remains at 25,088 — a bar set during a TV screening in Japan of Hayao Miyazaki’s Anime movie, “Castle in the Sky,” on Dec. 9, 2011.

Someone want to explain that one to me?

 

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Super Bowl breaks Twitter record (sorry, Tebow) [MSNBC]