Twitter record over Osama`s killing

An astounding 3,440 tweets/second were posted on an average over Osama bin Laden`s killing in Pak.

Last Updated: May 03, 2011, 17:43 PM IST

Washington: An astounding 3,440 tweets per second were posted on an average over Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden`s killing in Pakistan, setting a new Twitter record.

Osama bin Laden was killed by US commandos in a raid carried out at a mansion where he was hiding in Pakistan`s Abbottabad city.

There was very heavy online chatter Sunday night and during President Barack Obama`s address to announce Osama`s killing. Twitter users posted messages at an average rate of 3,440 tweets per second, CNN reported.

"Last night saw the highest sustained rate of tweets ever. From 10:45 p.m. - 2:20 a.m. ET (Eastern Time), there was an average of 3,000 tweets per second," the company`s official public relations news feed wrote, before updating the figure to 3,440.

It did not say which other events the Sunday`s development had beaten to set the new record.

At its peak, Twitter users posted 5,106 tweets per second.

Many learnt about Osama`s death through the social media.

"I heard about it via twitter while in the middle of doing my podcast about video games -- needless to say it derailed the PSN (PlayStation Network) talk," wrote a Twitter user.

Yet another wrote: "Heard it on Twitter, where else ;)."

IANS