Osama bin Laden death sets Twitter record

Twitter recorded its highest sustained rate of tweets ever last night, as millions took to the social network site to share in the news of the death of terrorist mastermind Osama bin Laden, according to the company. Between 10:45 p.m. ET and 2:20 a.m, there was an average of 3,000 bin Laden-related tweets per second (TPS), peaking at 11:00 p.m. when that figure reached 5,106 TPS.

Compare those figures to February’s Super Bowl, which peaked at 4,064 TPS, and Friday’s Royal wedding, which topped out at 3,966 TPS. The Japanese earthquake and tsunami generated enormous Twitter traffic — it topped 5,000 TPS five times on March 11 — but the all-time Twitter record remains New Year’s Eve in Japan, when revelers piled up 6,939 TPS.

Last night’s avalanche of bin Laden-related tweets began with two posts from unusual sources: Donald Rumsfeld’s chief of staff Keith Urbahn, and… Dwayne Johnson, a.k.a. The Rock. At 10:24 p.m., eight minutes before a CBS reporter tweeted a confirmation, the Fast Five star posted, “Just got word that will shock the world — Land of the free…home of the brave DAMN PROUD TO BE AN AMERICAN!”

Urbahn posted at the same time and included specifics: “So I’m told by a reputable person they have killed Osama Bin Laden. Hot damn.” Since then, the former Navy intel reserve officer has seen his Twitter followers go up more than 15-fold.

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  • LOL

    Bin Laden is tweeting from hell.

    • Mike

      The pity is that Hell probably doesn’t exist. His dead cells are now fish food.

      • whatevs

        You’d better do a lot better than probably.

      • Nohell

        Hell definitely does not exist…happy whatevs?

  • Mephysto

    To paraphrase the Onion: Bin Laden surprised to find himself in hell.. No 19 virgins waiting for you, you c@nt

  • crispy

    98% of those tweets were “Trump demands to see the death certificate.”

    • mouse

      ha so true. That joke isn’t even funny.

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  • rerun

    Listen, when it comes to fast breaking news, I go to The Rock first…Fox News 433rd.

    • TRat315

      Listen rerun, I felt the same way, but I was glued to the TV last night as everything was coming in and Fox was breaking everything like 10 minutes before cnn. Doesn’t really mean anything I was just surprised.

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