Tweets per second during Bin Laden announcement

Posted to Statistical Visualization  |  Tags: ,  |  Nathan Yau

As I listened to my young neighbors run around the parking lot chanting, "U-S-A! U-S-A!" I glanced at my Twitter feed, and it showed a burst of similar sentiment. On the announcement of Osama Bin Laden's death, Twitter recorded the highest sustained rate of tweets ever, at an average of 3,000 per second. The above shows the progression from 9:30pm to 12:30am EST.

[Image Link via @nickbilton]


  • Shouldn’t that be an average of at least 4000 tweets per second?

    • @Z – The 3,000 average is actually for the times between 10:45pm and 2:20am ET, whereas the graph is for 9:30pm to 12:30am. Although according to @twitterglobalpr: “An even more precise update: Twitter averaged 3440 TPS from 10:45 to 12:30pm ET last night”


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