On Saturday, August 3, in Japan, people watched an airing of Castle in the Sky, a 1986 animated feature film written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki. They were not merely watching the movie, they were also tweeting about the movie. So much so, that Twitter hit a one-second peak of 143,199 tweets per second.
The microblogging site normally takes in over 500 million Tweets a day, which translates to about 5,700 Tweets a second, on average. This particular spike was around 25 times greater than our steady state, says Twitter.
Twitter users are familiar with the company’s fail whale, the graphic of a whale held up by a flock of birds, illustrated by artist Yiying Lu. It appears every time Twitter is over-capacity or down. Over the months, the number of times the whale reared its head, has come down dramatically.
[Image courtesy: Twitter]