Recently, we all heard the big news that Beyonce was expecting her first baby right before hitting 30 years old. This all happened while America was watching the MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs) on Sunday night and MTV had its biggest audience ever, with an amazing number of 12.4 million people. A record number of 8,868 tweets per second were sent when Beyonce made her news public at the MTV Video Music Awards. It looks like nowadays we just don’t watch solely TV anymore, we chat, we share our views and mostly through twitter. According to Trendrr, a majority of viewers used a mobile device to talk about the show (48 percent) Twitter was the most-used network to spread the word on VMAs, with around 5.4 million mentions. Facebook played second.
Let’s take a look at some other hot trending events of the past year: the women’s football World Cup final earlier this year, when Japan beat the USA was second with 7,196 tweets per second. Twitter figures show the Japan earthquake and tsunami in March triggered 6,939 tweets per second putting the topic to third place. Osama Bin Laden’s death comes right after. President Obama confirmed just after 11:30 p.m. Sunday night that a U.S. operation was responsible for bin Laden’s death. It is incredible that the word was already spreading virally via Twitter before the president’s announcement. In the mean time, without even knowing what is happening, Sohaib Athar, a resident of Abbottabad, Pakistan, spent Sunday’s early hours tweeting about helicopters circling overhead and a mysterious explosion. On a happy note, the Royal Wedding swept Twitter’s worldwide trending topics Friday morning in April. All top ten trending words were all related to the Royal Wedding. #Royalwedding #RW11 #casamentoreal and Kate and William.
Let’s see who will beat Beyonce soon . Do you follow twitter as you watch TV ? I do and thanks to my new iPad2 it is ever so easy to comment and follow the trends as I am watching my favourite shows. Sometimes, if I am not there watching it live it feels great to be able to follow people’s comments on my twitter stream.