Twitter Sets Record During World Cup Final

Originally published on July 19, 2011 6:54 am
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STEVE INSKEEP, host:

What's wrong with vampire novels?

Anyway, this past weekend, a lot of people were not reading books of any kind. They were watching the Women's World Cup in soccer, and they were tweeting about it.

(Soundbite of Women's World Cup game)

(Soundbite of cheering)

Unidentified Announcer: Alex Morgan moves behind; it's a break ball. Morgan in the - yeah! And scores! Alex Morgan for the U.S.A.!

INSKEEP: It was a spectacular game, with Japan defeating the United States on penalty kicks, a tie-breaker after the score was 2-2.

The message service Twitter says that users around the world, at peak times, were sending more than 70,000 tweets per second about this game. That's considered a new record. It is even more than the rate of messages that went out on news of the royal wedding or the death of Osama bin Laden.

And that's the business news on MORNING EDITION, from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep.

MARY LOUISE KELLY, host:

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