Cup goals too much for Twitter

2010-06-19 08:31

When a World Cup goal is scored, Twitter celebrates.

The social networking site is seeing huge traffic when a big goal

is scored in the soccer tournament.

Though Twitter normally sees about 750

tweets per second on an average day, there were 2 940 tweets per second, then a

record, after Japan scored against Cameroon on Monday.

Nearly as much traffic was reported after Brazil’s first goal

against North Korea on Monday, as well as after Mexico’s tying goal against

South Africa on June 11.

Twitter has yet to announce its numbers for yesterday’s US-Slovenia

2-2 draw, which was likely to have caused huge amounts of activity.

Basketball, though, is still trumping soccer. Thursday night’s NBA

Championship game between the Los Angeles Lakers and Boston Celtics generated as

many as 3 085 tweets per second.

Enormous traffic from the World Cup has contributed to frequent

outage problems for Twitter. The site is postponing a planned network overhaul

until the World Cup tsunami is over.

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