Minutes after US president Barack Obama announced the death of terrorist Osama Bin Laden, the news spread like wildfire on micro-blogging platform Twitter, creating a new record for the platform.
The platform’s PR department tweeted that Twitter users had sent an average of 3,440 tweets per second between 10:45pm and 2:20am EST on Sunday May 1st, setting a new record for the platform.
“Last night saw the highest sustained rate of Tweets ever. From 10:45 - 2:20am ET, there was an average of 3,000 Tweets per second,” Twitter said.
The tweets started pouring in after President Obama announced that Bin Laden had been killed in an assault on the mansion where he had been hiding in Abbotabad, Pakistan.
According to an infograph released by Twitter, at its peak, users were sending more than 5,000 tweets per second. The graph offers a detailed timeline on how the rate of tweets increased as the day progressed. Users started making 5,000 tweets per second soon after the ABC News reported Osama’s death.
The ABC News report came sometime after Keith Urbahn announced via Twitter that his sources confirmed that Osama was dead. The tweets began to fall off minutes after Obama concluded his remarks.