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New Twitter Record: 3.2K Tweets per Second!
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Records are made to be broken and, in the case of Twitter, it just so happens that one of the service's biggest records has been shattered within a week of being set.

Less than 10 days ago, Twitter users were blowing up the service with a record number of messages being exchanged back and forth in celebration of the Los Angeles Lakers beating the Boston Celtics in the seventh game of the NBA Finals.

Just how many messages does it take to set a new Twitter record? In this case, the Laker victory brought forth 3,085 Tweets-Per-Second (TPS). Were that number stretched out over the course of a day, Twitter would have roughly 266.5 million 140-character messages flying back and forth over its servers—surely enough to earn the site some fail-whale downtime. According to TechCrunch, Twitter processes an average of 65 million Tweets on a given day, or a TPS count of around 750.

Well, as mentioned, this 3,085-TPS record didn't last long. Various World Cup games have already brought the service close to reaching this mark, but it was Thursday's match between Japan and Denmark that broke the TPS milestone once again. According to Twitter, users sent an average of 3,283 tweets per second by the time the 3-1 game concluded (pushing Japan forward into the tournament's "sweet sixteen" bracket).

"The second week of the World Cup continued to see consistent spikes in TPS after goals that are remarkable increases over our average of 750 TPS," writes Kevin Weil, Twitter Analytics Lead, on the company's official blog.

"However, we caution to call any goals a record this week both because many of the games were played simultaneously with another one and total numbers were fairly similar to the first week when only one game was being played at a time," he adds.

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