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Twitter Olympics see over 150 million messages sent during London Games

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So, that was that. After seven years build-up it's all come to an end, with two weeks of heady celebrations and excitement that even the most hardened cynic can't help but admit was a roaring success.

As noted last week, Usain Bolt's dramatic 200m victory helped break an Olympic Twitter world-record with 80,000 tweets per minute (TPM) sent after the race, and the social networking site has revealed some more stats on how Twitter was used during the Games.

Notably, the second most discussed moment, in terms of TPM's was Andy Murray winning gold in the men's tennis final, with 57,000 TPMs after the event, while Jamaica breaking the 4x100m world record received 52,000 TPMs.

This is a nice stat for Andy Murray, contrasting with warnings on Friday from McAfee that a search for Murray is more likely to take you to a dangerous site than any other athlete as cyber crooks looked to use his golden moment to ensnare unwary web users.

Overall these messages contributed to a total of 150 million Tweets being sent around the Olympics during the last 16 days, although given the site has some 500 million users, this number actually seems lower than may be expected.

It could be the case that the figure is based solely on messages that included a designated Olympics hashtag, and do not take into account messages such as "Yeesssssssss!" or "Run Mo run!" that certainly appeared in our Twitter feed one or two times.

13 Aug 2012

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