Osama Bin Laden’s Death Sets A Tweets-Per-Second Record

So obviously, the big news of the week is that on Sunday night, Navy SEALS found and killed Osama bin Laden. And this may go down in history as the first major news event to unravel on Twitter. Not only did news of the kill leak out on the site a full hour before President Obama’s 11:30 p.m. address to the nation, but the event also set a record for the most tweets. From 10:45 p.m. to 2:20 a.m. on Sunday, there was an average of 3,000 tweets per second, which is apparently abbreviated “TPS” and immediately makes me think of “Office Space.” That peaked at 11 p.m. when there was an astonishing 5,106 TPS. This tops the Super Bowl (4,046 TPS), the royal wedding (3,966 TPS), and the earthquake in Japan (5,000 TPS). Oodle of celebrities of course did their tweeting part with Lindsay Lohan chiming in “Go USA!” and Lady Gaga typing, “Watching CNN, what a historical moment in the fight against hatred.”

And yet, I still don’t have a Twitter account.