The tense last few minutes of yesterday’s FIFA Women’s World Cup match between USA and Japan proved to be record busting for Twitter as 7,196 tweets were sent out per second according to Twitter.
The record pushes the Paraguay against Brazil match to second place, which averaged 7,166 tweets per second. The final match also outshined previous events like Osama Bin Laden’s death, where 5,106 tweets per second were sent out, and Super Bowl 2011, which saw 4,064 tweets per second.
President Barack Obama, who counts more than nine million Twitter followers, got into the game by live-tweeting the soccer game and congratulating the US Women’s Team for their “hard-fought game.” The President has taken a liking to the service as he recently hosted an #AskObama Town Hall earlier this month.
Twitter recently announced they were serving 350 billion tweets a day and saw more than 600,000 sign-ups last Friday. “It took us more than 16 months to reach the first 600,000 Twitter accounts,” a tweet from Twitter exclaimed.
However, some Twitter users showed their ugly side as Gawker pointed out. Pearl Harbor trended yesterday for a brief moment and people updated their Facebook statuses with anti-Japanese rhetoric.