Women's World Cup final sets new Twitter records
The FIFA Women's World Cup set new Twitters record for the highest rate of tweets per second sent out on the microbloggin service about any one topic.
Twitter announced the new records with a tweet of its own Sunday:
New Tweets per second records! End of the #WWC final: 7196 TPS. And today's end to the Paraguay/Brazil game is now 2nd with 7166 TPS.
The more than 7,000 tweets per second about the final and the third-place game game eclipsed the record set in May when Osama bin Laden was killed, as well as the 5,000 tweets per second at five separate times March 11, the day Japan was struck by a devastating earthquake and tsunami that later led to a nuclear power plant crisis.
In May, Bin Laden's death had an average of 3,000 tweets per second, with peaks of about 5,000 tweets per second.
The World Cup final -- called a classic by soccer fans and pundits the world over -- between the U.S. and Japan was a thriller, with Japan beating the Americans 3-1 on penalty kicks after a 2-2 tie in extra time.
The win is welcome news in Japan, given all the country has gone through this year, and many U.S. supporters said on Twitter and other social media outlets (Facebook, Google+) that there wasn't a better team to lose to than Japan.
-- Nathan Olivarez-Giles
Photo: Japan's Saki Kumagai (4) and Azusa Iwashimizu (3) and U.S. forwards Lauren Cheney (12) and Abby Wambach (20) compete for the ball during the first half of Sunday's Women's World Cup final in Germany. Credit: Arne Dedert/EPA