07 Oct '11, 8am

Steve Jobs' other legacy: A record Twitter "fail whale"

SYDNEY - Steve Jobs' vision and passion has had a huge impact on the world, but he has also left a new legacy - a record number of tweets per second. Tweets mourning the death of Steve Jobs came in at 10,000 tweets per second according to social media monitoring firm SR7, in what is the biggest online reaction to any event to date. The number was also sufficient to bring the Twitter servers down, leading to the infamous "fail whale". The previous record, set when Beyonce revealed her pregnancy at the MTV Video Music Awards, caused a smaller 8,868 tweets per second. Other events which set off a huge response online included Japan's victory over USA in the FIFA Women's World Cup (7,196 per second), the Japan earthquake and tsunami in March (5,530) and the British Royal Wedding (3,966). Twitter has revealed that the average tweets per second for last year was only 600. The po...

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