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 a list of the 10 most recent record-breaking moments on Twitter, as measured in tweets per second.
By Jesse Bergman and Gennine Kelly
Posted 19 October 2011