Twitter has unveiled that the Olympics closing ceremony broke Usain Bolt’s fastest Olympic Games conversation record.
The micro-blogging site announced that the closing event for the London 2012 Olympic Games witnessed more tweets per minute (TPM) than Bolt, the world’s fastest man, when he won the 200m final gold medal, eventually breaking the sprinting champion’s short-lived record.
Andrew Fitzgerald, manager of Editorial Programming at Twitter, said in a blog post that the spectacular closing ceremony, the Spice Girls’ reunion performance in particular, attracted over 116,000 TPM to break Usain Bolt’s 80,000 TPM record.
The thrill of Olympic sport just wouldn’t be the same without the over-the-top spectacle of the opening and closing ceremonies. Both events drove an incredible volume of Twitter conversation, and experienced their own giant spikes in Tweets per minute. Tonight’s Closing Ceremonies didn’t disappoint – with performances by The Who, George Michael and so many more. But it was the Spice Girls who stole the night, inspiring more than 116,000 Tweets per minute.
Twitter has uncovered that over the two weeks of relentless London 2012 Olympic events, it saw more than 150 million tweets.
Apart from pulling off the one of the “biggest conversation spikes” on Twitter with his 200m win, Usain Bolt also grabbed the record for “most discussed athlete of the Games”.
Most Discussed Athletes of the London 2012 Olympic Games
1.Usain Bolt (@UsainBolt)
2. Michael Phelps (@MichaelPhelps)
3. Tom Daley (@TomDaley1994)
4. Ryan Lochte (@ryanlochte)
5. Gabby Douglas (@gabrielledoug)
6. Andy Murray (@andy_murray)
7. Kobe Bryant (#GetKobeOnTwitter)
8. Yohan Blake (@YohanBlake)
9. Lee Chong Wei (@Lee_C_Wei)
10. LeBron James (@KingJames)
Source: Twitter Blog
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