Social media sites all over are benefiting from Felix Baumgartner’s world record 24-mile high sky dive from the stratosphere last Sunday, as videos of the feat were shared in Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Reddit, and other sites from users’ computers, smart phones and tablets.
YouTube prepared the live stream of the event from when Baumgartner rose with the balloon to when he already jumped.
As users shared the links to the live streaming, primarily on Facebook and Twitter, Baumgartner’s record breaking jump also broke records in simultaneous streams on YouTube with 8 million.
Discovery Channel in the US also got the chance to see the sky jump live on television. Elsewhere around the world, 40 TV networks aired in 50 countries, and 130 digital channels streamed Baumgartner’s jump.
In Facebook, a picture of Baumgartner kneeling down after the jump had more than 29,000 shares, 10,000 comments and 216,000 likes in fewer than forty minutes. This picture was posted by Red Bull, sponsor of the event.
Meanwhile, half of the trending topics in Twitter across the world are all about the jump. Celebrities also had something to say; Will Wheaton, who acted in Star Trek: The Next Generation, said “It’s pretty amazing that I can watch, live on my computer, a man riding a balloon to the edge of space so he can jump out of it. (hashtag)TheFuture.”
Baumgartner’s feat broke a lot of records in human feats as well. He was the first human to break the sound barrier using his own power, and of course with gravity’s help. He had the highest jump in history as well, at a height of 128,100 feet.