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Twitter Steve Jobs

October 7, 2011 by staff 

Twitter Steve JobsTwitter Steve Jobs, Traffic was near record levels on Twitter Wednesday after the news of the death of Apple founder Steve Jobs.

The leaders of the high tech industry, and Apple fans and ordinary people, led to social networking sites Wednesday night and Thursday to spread the word about the use and sharing of memories and tributes to the man behind iMac, iPod, iPhone and iPad.

Around 8 pm EDT Wednesday, shortly after the news of the death of Jobs became public, was driving 6049 Twitter tweets per second, according to spokeswoman Rachael Horwitz Twitter.

“I am amazed at the amount of tweets I have, but I guess that should not be,” said Zeus Kerravala, senior researchanlyst ZK. “Social networks are becoming de facto place for people to go to when you want to share information. Twitter is perfect for this sort of thing.”

While Wednesday night did not set a traffic record for Twitter, which was one of the highest numbers of tweets per second site is registered.

Horwitz said that early last May, the death of al-Qaeda, Osama Bin Laden set a record at that time with a 5106 peak of tweets per second.

When Brazil was eliminated from the International Football Tournament Copa America in July 7166 saw Twitter tweets per second. The current record is 8868 tweets per second, which was established during the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards in August, said Horwitz.

Shawn White, vice president of operations for Keynote Systems, an Internet monitoring company, mobile, told Computerworld that the increase in traffic on Twitter after the death of Job was amazing.

“We saw the death of Michael Jackson and the inauguration of President Obama. Sometimes sites just get overwhelmed,” said White. “The pattern we saw [on Twitter] was that things long hummed a pretty normal and then right after the announcement of the approval of Steve Jobs, the most slowly.”

He noted that the time to access the home page of Twitter for many users was 3 seconds to 20 or 30 seconds. The increasingly difficult place in the load, with the first error to hit at 8:10 pm ET.

Then, the availability of the home page of Twitter dropped by 40% 8:50 to 9:05, according to Keynote.

“During that period of 15 minutes, approximately 60% of Twitter users who have achieved some sort of error when trying to reach the home page. And if we got there, it was probably very slow,” White said. “But Twitter recovered fairly quickly.”

Facebook declined to report their traffic figures on Wednesday night. Main site did not detect any slowdown or interruption of the social network.

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