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Twitter: More than 150 million tweets were sent about Olympics

August 13, 2012|By Salvador Rodriguez
  • Usain Bolt celebrates after winning the men's 400-meter relay at the London Olympics.
Usain Bolt celebrates after winning the men's 400-meter relay at… (Olivier Morin / AFP/Getty…)

The 2012 London Olympics were a highly talked about topic this summer, and Twitter's got proof. More than 150 million tweets were sent out about the Games over the last 16 days, the social network said.

The company put together a blog post Sunday night with measurements on the most-tweeted-about events, athletes, sports as well as other statistics as the 30th Olympic Games drew to a close.

Among the most tweeted events, Usain Bolt stole the show with three of the top five. His 200-meter sprint sparked 80,000 tweets per minute, followed by his victory on the 100-meter sprint, which saw 74,000 tweets per minute. His win in the 400-meter relay with the Jamaican team came in as the fourth-most-tweeted-about event, with more than 52,000 tweets per minute.

In third place was Andy Murray's victory in the men's tennis singles tournament, with more than 57,000 tweets per minute, while the U.S.' win over Spain in men's basketball rounded up the top five, with 41,000 tweets per minute.

As for most-tweeted-about athletes, Bolt again won, but Twitter said nine other athletes also sparked more than 1 million tweets each. Among them were Michael Phelps, in second place, while Ryan Lochte, Gabrielle Douglas, Kobe Bryant and LeBron James also made the list. Britain's Tom Daley received the third most tweets.

Twitter also said Bryant's dunk against Spain and Hope Solo's goal-saving diving save against Japan were among the most-tweeted moments during the Games.

The title of most-tweeted-about sport, however, went to soccer -- more than 5 million tweets alone. Twitter said other highly tweeted about sports were swimming, track and field, gymnastics and volleyball.

At Sunday night's closing ceremony, Twitter said, the most-tweeted-about performance was the Spice Girls'; they were the subject of more than 116,000 tweets per minute.

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