Tweeting History …

The death of Osama Bin Laden was one of the most tweeted events in history — and generated the highest sustained rate of tweets ever, according to

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.

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One Response to Tweeting History …

  1. My son called me to alert me when reports first surfaced about the Osama attack. My first thought was to turn to social media. In fact, I wound up blogging about how much information was coming out on social media during the time I was sitting there waiting for the President to speak. If you have a chance, you really should go and look at the first-hand, on-the-scene tweets of the residents of Abbotabad at the time, particularly the now-famous Sohai Athar. It really is a real-time diary of history.

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