Twitter meltdown as Chelsea's clash with Barcelona breaks record for most tweets
08:37 GMT, 26 April 2012
Chelsea broke Barcelona's hearts in the Champions League clash at the Nou Camp on Tuesday night and Twitter users broke the world record for the number of tweets published per second while watching it.
The social-media company has revealed that the semi-final second-leg match broke the tweets-per-second record for a sporting event.
Twitter said activity during the enthralling encounter in Spain — which saw ten-man Chelsea beat the odds to progress to the final — peaked at a staggering 13,684 messages per second.
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That figure eclipsed the previous record for a sporting event: the 12,233 tweets per second during the climax of February's Super Bowl between the New York Giants and New England Patriots.
The dramatic events unfolding in the final prompted fans to flock to the site during the game which saw New York win 21-17 after scoring a touchdown with less a minute remaining.
The Super Bowl saw a total of 13.7 million tweets but a Twitter spokesman said the company didn't calculate the total number of messages sent during Tuesday's match.
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