The World's 10 Most Tweeted Moments

By Jesse Bergman and Gennine Kelly,

Setting the Internet A' Twitter

Twitter, the micro-blogging site started in 2006 by Jack Dorsey, sees roughly 5 billion tweets every month, according to the company.

It's a social circle that has advertisers giddy with possibility, sparking talk of sky-high valuations on Wall Street and in secondary market circles.

What makes Twitter so popular is simple: people tweeting.

So what makes a moment worth tweeting about? The most tweeted moment in recent memory occurred earlier this month, when Apple Chairman and cultural icon Steve Jobs passed away. The site experienced traffic of more than 6,000 tweets per second, causing many users to notice system delays and slowness.

Even so, such a news-making event, especially within social networking circles, was not the most tweeted moment of all time. So what was?

The following is the top 5 most recent record-breaking moments on Twitter, as measured in tweets per second.

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Photo: Johnny Nunez | WireImage | Getty Images || Source: TwitterPhoto: Johnny Nunez | WireImage | Getty Images || Source: Twitter5. 2011 BET Awards
Tweets Per Second: 6,436
Date: June 26, 2011

The BET Awards celebrate African Americans in the areas of music, acting, sports, and other areas of entertainment. The big winner of the night this year was controversial singer Chris Brown, taking home four awards, including best male R&B artist.
There was, however, a rather big blunder during the live broadcast in which a fan incorrectly named singer Rihanna as the winner of the Coca-Cola Viewers Choice Award, when Brown was the true winner. As a result, BET took to Twitter after the show to clear up any confusion.

Photo: Kazuhiro Nogi | AFP | Getty Images || Source: TwitterPhoto: Kazuhiro Nogi | AFP | Getty Images || Source: Twitter4. New Year's Day, Japan
Tweets Per Second: 6,939
Date: Jan. 1, 2011

Japan virtually shuts down as its citizens celebrate New Year's Day with their family and close friends. This year, the Japanese flocked to Twitter, setting a record number of tweets to wish followers and friends a happy new year: "Akema s---e omedetou gozaimasu!"
At the time, this record nearly doubled that of the previous one, set by Denmark during the 2010 World Cup.
The New Year's epic Twitter activity was also seen around the globe in each time zone. The East Coast of the U.S. alone, at its peak, amassed 3,000 tweets per second.

Photo: Dante Fernandez | LatinContent | Getty Images || Source: ESPNPhoto: Dante Fernandez | LatinContent | Getty Images || Source: ESPN 3. Brazil Eliminated From Copa América

Tweets Per Second: 7,166
Date: July 17, 2011

Brazil's elimination from the quarterfinals of the Copa América, the oldest competition of soccer teams in the world, sparked record Twitter traffic as the match came down to penalty kicks.
As a result of Brazil's loss, Paraguay advanced to the semifinals for the first time since 1989.
The Copa América has sponsorship from many top corporations, including LG, Mastercard, Coca-Cola, Canon, and Petrobras.

Photo: Patrik Stollarz | AFP | Getty Images || Source: Twitter, FIFA , CBC Sports|SoccerPhoto: Patrik Stollarz | AFP | Getty Images || Source: Twitter, FIFA , CBC Sports|Soc … 2. FIFA Women's World Cup

Tweets Per Second: 7,196
Date: July 17, 2011

The 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup soccer final in Germany reached a fevered pitch when Japan won in a penalty shoot-out against the U.S. - a moment which drove Twitter traffic to a new high at the time of more than 7,000 tweets per second.
Based on current income and expenditure forecasts, the FIFA Women's World Cup 2011 was declared a financial success, and anticipated a surplus before taxes of €10.6 million ($14.5 million). FIFA has 208 member associations and employs 310 people from more than 35 nations.

Photo: Jeff Kravitz | FilmMagic, Inc | Getty Images || Source: Twitter, ForbesPhoto: Jeff Kravitz | FilmMagic, Inc | Getty Images || Source: Twitter, Forbes1. Beyoncé Reveals Baby Bump
Tweets Per Second: 8,868
Date: Aug. 28, 2011

Multi-platinum artist Beyoncé caused a Twitter frenzy upon revealing a "baby bump" following her performance at the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards.
Thanks to Beyoncé's 2 million followers, among others on Twitter that night, this moment holds the top spot as the world's most tweeted moment. It's ironic, considering @Beyonce, as of this writing, has never actually tweeted anything.
Beyoncé's estimated earnings were $87 million dollars, according to Forbes magazine's ranking of the top 20 highest Hollywood earners of 2010.

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