The news of Osama bin Laden‘s death was spread across multiple social websites, including Facebook and Twitter. A large number of Internet users first heard about the news through Twitter. And the number of tweets per second actually exploded when the news about bin Laden became known to the public.

During Barack Obama’s speech, there was an average of 3440 Twitter messages sendt every second.

The maximum number of messages recorded was 5106 messages every second.

However, this is not a new world record. The highest number of Twitter messages ever recorded is 6939 messages per second. This happened in Japan on New Year’s Eve, according to the Twitter Blog.

Just four seconds after midnight in Japan on January 1st, Twitterers set an all-time record in the number of Tweets sent per second (TPS). At that moment, the world sent a staggering 6,939 TPS wishing friends and followers a fond “Akemashite omedetou gozaimasu” (“Happy New Year!”). 

(via Twitter, Teknofil)