World Cup fans bombard Twitter

2010-06-26 11:51

The 2010 Fifa World Cup has increased the number of tweets fired

off at Twitter, the microblogging service, to a record high of 3 283 per


The winning spike in tweets came right after a referee’s whistle

ended a Thursday match in which Japan beat Denmark 3-1.

The previous tweets-per-second record of 3 085 was set last week

after the Los Angeles Lakers defeated the Boston Celtics in the final game of US

National Basketball Association championships.

“We continued to see big spikes in tweets following goals in the

World Cup,” Twitter said in a message announcing the new tweets-per-second


The rate of tweeting typically averages 750 per second, according

to the San Francisco-based start-up.

The microblogging service has exploded in popularity since it was

launched in March 2006 and Twitter chief operating officer Dick Costello said

recently that it now attracted 190 million visitors a month.

Last week, Twitter warned users to expect outages as it tried to

cope with the heavy traffic during the World Cup.

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