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Beyonce breaks Twitter record

31st August 2011

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Singer Beyonce Knowles choose an interesting way to announce her pregnancy news. In front of millions of viewers at the MTV video music awards Beyonce smilingly showed off her bump and also managed to break a Twitter record.

BeyonceUsers on the microblogging site posted 8,868 tweets per second, breaking the previous record of 7,196 after Japan won over the US in the women’s World Cup final in July.

After her performance at the awards, Beyonce threw her microphone on the floor and took of her jacket with the audience screaming wildly. This will be the first child for the 29-year-old singer and her husband Jay-Z, 41.

The third highest number of tweets per second is 7,166, this peak occurred after Brazil’s loss to Paraguay in the Copa America.

Other peaks include 6,939 per second on 1 January, 2011 as the new year arrived in Tokyo and more than 5,000 tweets per second went on the internet in May this year after the news spread that al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden had been killed.

Both disastrous and joyous events result in Twitter peaks, with the 11 March earthquake and tsunami in Japan coming in at 5,530 tweets per second and the royal wedding in April at 3,966.

In June Twitter announced that the number of tweets per day were 200 million across the globe, up from 65 million a day in the previous year.

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