While it didn't break the all-time record set during the Japanese viewing of Castle in the Sky, last night's Super Bowl caused an explosion of tweets, which reached its peak during the final minutes of the game. Madonna also created waves throughout the Twitterverse as her halftime performance brought the house down, both literally and tweet-wise.
As indicated, the TPS (tweets per second) rate during Super Bowl didn't break the existing record, but it did drive through the same neighborhood. Currently, the TPS record is 25,088, which was set when Castle in the Sky was aired on Japanese television. Considering the masterful skill of Hayao Miyazaki, the writer and director of the movie in question, the TPS record related to his work is a pleasant surprise.
As for the Super Bowl's TPS rate, Twitter's own account provides the details:
In the final three minutes of the Super Bowl tonight, there were an average of 10,000 Tweets per second.
Madonna's halftime lip-synch fest did great on Twitter as well, as people clamored to their devices to talk about the return of the Material Girl;
Madonna's performance during the Super Bowl's halftime show saw an average of 8,000 Tweets per second for five minutes.
The final tally reveals even more tweeting took place during these two key moments:
#SuperBowl peak came at the end of the game: 12,233. 2nd highest was during Madonna's performance: 10,245.The highest Tweets per second
While this excessive use of Twitter may not have broken the world record, the TPS rates for Madonna's performance and for the closing moments of the Super Bowl will take the third and fourth position on the all-time list, behind only the "first day of 2011" deluge, again courtesy of Japanese Twitter users, and the Castle in the Sky television broadcast.