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The 2012 Summer Olympics On Twitter – Numbers Breakdown

The Olympics On Twitter by the numbers
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The London Olympic games are over now, and while the athletes are reflecting on their performances, Twitter has been hard at work breaking down their Olympic numbers.

This has been pushed as the first ‘Twitter Olympics’ and the numbers do not lie, as 150 million tweets were sent about the Olympics.  Here is a breakdown of the Twitter Olympics:

150 million
Tweets posted about the Olympics from around 140 million active Twitter users.

9.66 million
Mentions of the Olympics opening ceremony on Twitter in a single day

80,000
Tweets per minute about Usain Bolt’s 200-meter gold win, the record for tweets per minute during Olympic competition

116,000
Tweets per minute (or roughly 2,000 per second) about the Spice Girls performance during the closing ceremonies, the record for that evening

74,000
Tweets per minute about Bolt’s 100-meter gold win

10
Olympians who garnered more than 1 million tweets (from first to tenth place, they are: Usain Bolt, Michael Phelps, Tom Daley, Ryan Lochte, Gabby Douglas, Andy Murray, Kobe Bryant, Yohan Blake, Lee Chong Wei, Lebron James)

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