19 Jun 2010

Record tweets for Twitter fans

4:52 pm on 19 June 2010

The football World Cup has fuelled record numbers of messages on Twitter but the all-time high was set on Friday after the Los Angeles Lakers won the NBA basketball title.

Twitter spokesman Sean Garrett says that Twitter saw a record 3085 tweets per second, or TPS, after the Lakers beat the Boston Celtics to win their 16th NBA title.

Garrett says the previous record was set after Japan scored against Cameroon in their recent football World Cup match, when 2940 tweets-per-second were sent in the 30 seconds after the goal was scored.

Brazil's first goal against North Korea in their 2-1 win that same day saw 2928 TPS.

Mexico's goal to tie South Africa in the opening game of the tournament last week was next with 2704 TPS.

Garrett says Twitter usually sees about 750 TPS on an average day and 65 million total Tweets a day.