Twitter has released updated statistics on the usage of its platform last night. Previously, the social media company reported that more than 4,000 tweets were sent per second during the beginning and the end of Obama’s speech. It now says the real number of tweets was about 25% higher.
At 11:00 p.m. ET, just before Obama’s speech, users generated 5,106 tweets per second, the highest single volume of tweets during the night. At 11:45 p.m., just when he finished his speech, Twitter users were sending 5,008 tweets per second.
At 11:35 p.m. ET Sunday, the White House’s Twitter feed posted a quote from President Barack Obama that confirmed Osama bin Laden’s death. But before Obama uttered those words, Twitter was abuzz with speculation and subsequent confirmation from officials and news outlets. (Hernandez)
Between 10:45 p.m. ET and 12:30 a.m. ET, the company says its users averaged 3,440 tweets per second. At its peak, Twitter delivered an average of 12,384,000 tweets per hour. That’s amazing and speaks volumes to what can happen within emerging and social media.