Twitter sets new record with Bin Laden`s death

Washington: Twitter has set a new record with users posting messages at an average rate of 3,440 tweets per second after the death of 9/11 mastermind Osama Bin Laden.

Even before US President Barack Obama could officially announce the killing of Osama, the news had spread all over the social media site, reports Fox News.

"Last night saw the highest sustained rate of tweets ever," the company wrote about the period from 10:45 p.m. - 2:20 a.m. ET.

The peak tweeting time came at 11 p.m. ET when there were 5,106 tweets per second.

However, it is unclear what other highly tweeted events were beat out for this new record made Sunday night.

The fastest rate of tweeting ever happened on New Year’s Eve in Japan when users posted 6,939 tweets per second, but it was only for the first four seconds after the New Year, not the sustained period of tweeting seen with bin Laden`s death.

The attack on Laden was unknowingly, live-tweeted by an IT consultant, who lives in Abbottabad where Laden`s compound was located.