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Miyazaki Fans In Japan Set New Tweets Per Second Record

How Many Times Can You Tweet "Balse" In One Second?

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Miyazaki Fans In Japan Set New Tweets Per Second Record
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Japan, Japan, Japan. You rock.

In case any of you didn’t already agree, Japan offered up another example of their awesomeness by blowing away the record for tweets per second over this past weekend. The previous record had been established earlier this year when legions of BeyoncĂ© fans tweeted a deluge about BabyoncĂ©. It’s fitting that Japan should reclaim the title since they had been the previous owners of the tweets-per-second record before BabyoncĂ© exploded on the Twitters in August. Then, during the MTV Video Music Awards, BeyoncĂ© fans posted 8,868 tweets in one second, besting the record 7,196 tweets submitted when Japan defeated the United States in the FIFA Women’s World Cup finals.

So how many tweets per second did Japanese tweeters post? An astounding 11,349!

Now what, you may be asking yourself, occasioned the staggering amount of tweets from Japan? Hayao Miyazaki’s animated classic, Laputa: Castle in The Sky, which is an annual television broadcast in Japan during this time of year. The raison d’ĂŞtre of the tweeting fusillade came during the climax of the movie, in which the two main characters, Pazu and Sheeta, cast the one-world spell, “Balse,” in order to defeat the villain. Viewers of the movie had readied their Twitter silos to post the “Balse” tweet in unison with the two characters.

And post they did! So what does nearly 12K tweets in one second look like? It looks a little something like this spire of data:

You’ll notice in the graph that the “Balse” tweets peaked at 14,594. That’s actually the grand total number of tweets worldwide that contained the word “Balse;” the 11,349 figure is specific to Japan. In the United States, I imagine this being the equivalent of tweeters posting thousands of “Fuuuuudddddgggggge” at the precise scene when Ralphie swears in front of his dad in the annual broadcast of A Christmas Story. So good luck, festive Americans, trying to top that whopper of a record.

Miyazaki Fans In Japan Set New Tweets Per Second Record


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  • D. Watanabe

    Yo. Just out of curiocity (as a Japanese), I googled around how the English media is telling the news and found out that this is the almost only article which properly explains “Balse” spell-cast and people unison Tweets. Other articles, including TechCrunch for instancde, just told flatly that a Miyazaki’s cult film overwhelmed Beyonce’s pregnancy announcement TPS. But IMO, without understanding the moment of “Balse” scene as background, people does not get the idea at all, even it is misleading. So, good job Drew. You are the person who understand different cultures, and try to give a right view to people who might be unfamiliar with it, that’ I wanted to tell. One thing, the the “TPS Record” is officially announced today, that’s 25,088 TPS. Hilarious. Next time, why don’t you joint the jamboree? You will be warmly welcomed. :-)

    • http://www.ientry.com/ Drew Bowling

      Thanks for the good review. Glad to have been of service!

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