12.4 Million Tweets Per Hour Worldwide thanks to Osama bin Laden’s death

For those of you who still don’t know… Osama bin Laden is dead. The news unveiled to me in Twitter, when dozens of my friends kept on posting about him saying that he was dead. I got pretty confused because some of them were even tweeting, “Obama bin Laden is dead!” At first I thought, “Oh whatever it’s probably some rumor that some random stupid guy started.”

Apparently, that supposedly random stupid guy was the White House’s Twitter account posting a statement by President Obama:
I can report to the American people and to the world, that the US has conducted an operation that killed Osama bin Laden.”


Come on. You can’t doubt the White House’s Twitter account posting a statement by President Obama.

Anyway back to the main story. Twitter released a report saying that the death of Osama bin Laden is one of the events that generated the most amount of tweets in history. The social media company reported that more than 4,000 tweets were sent per second during President Obama’s speech. Just before that, at 11:00pm ET, 5.106 tweets were made per second.

Twitter announced in a tweet, “Last night [referring to the night of Pres. Obama’s speech] saw the highest sustained rate of Tweets ever. From 10:45-2:20am ET, there was an average of 3,000 tweets per second.” Do the math and you’ll see that it adds up to 27,900,000 tweets in two hours and 35 minutes.

It still seems surreal to me, I mean, Osama seemed kinda immortal. But it’s slowly sinking in to me that it might be possible to have a little bit more peace in this world despite of all the wars and the terrorism.

So how did you learn about Osama’s death?

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