Twitter has just reported that its users set a new Tweets-Per-Second (TPS) record on Sunday night as news of the successful mission to take out bin Laden spread across the social network.
“Last night saw the highest sustained rate of Tweets ever,” tweeted Twitter’s public relations department moments ago. “From 10:45 – 2:20am ET, there was an average of 3,000 Tweets per second.”
The biggest spike in traffic came just as President Barack Obama announced that the U.S. had killed the former leader of the group responsible for the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
“At 11 p.m. ET, there were 5,106 Tweets per second,” Twitter said. “At 11:45p.m. ET, when Pres. Obama finished his remarks, there were 5,008 TPS.”