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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.

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 …


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?


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