Friday, January 07, 2011

Record Tweets Sent Out This New Year's Eve

Twitter is definitely becoming the popular way for people to communicate with the masses. It’s a way to get your feelings out, let people know what you’re up to, etc. Twitter is used by people around the world, but do you know which country utilizes Twitter the most? It’s Japan!

On New Year’s Eve this year, Japanese Twitter users set New Year’s Eve tweeting records. Immediately after midnight, Japanese Twitter users sent out an all-time high of 6,939 tweets per second. Twitter said in a blog post that it was just a mere “four seconds after midnight in Japan on January 1st, [when] Twitterers set an all-time record in the number of Tweets sent per second.”

This completely blows the previous record out of the water. Twitter said in a blog post that the previous all-time tweeting high was during Japan’s victory over Denmark at the World Cup last summer. Tweets rolled out at 3,283 tweets per second. On New Year’s Eve this year, that record was broken 68 times in a mere three minute period.

Twitter pointed out that the Japanese New Year is a very important event in Japan. "Japan virtually shuts down as people spend the day with family and the people with whom they are closest," Twitter wrote. "People make it a point to call their friends and connect with everyone they know to celebrate. With a population of over 127 million, Japanese mobile networks have been known to crash under the strain of this collective cheer. This year on New Year's Eve many people turned to Twitter to celebrate."

According to Twitter, Japan is not the only country that has been celebrating on Twitter about different events. "We saw epic tweet activity around the world as people in each time zone inaugurated 2011," Twitter said. "The East coast time zone alone almost amassed the same amount of tweets at its peak of 3,000 TPS as the entire world did during the peak moment of the World Cup."

Twitter also said that they were "humbled by moments like this that show how people around the world are connecting and celebrating on Twitter."

To give an interesting illustration of the tweeting that went on around the world on New Year’s Eve, Twitter even put together a video of the action that they said “visualizes New Year's Eve Tweet data across the world.”

"The circles get bigger as more Tweets are being sent at that moment, which means it's probably midnight in that time zone,” Twitter said about the video. “Notice that the circle over Tokyo gets so big it nearly swallows Japan."

The company seems to very positive about their growth over 2010 and says that they are “looking forward to seeing what the Year of the Rabbit has in store.”

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