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Super Bowl Replete with Tweets

Viewership also sets record



    Super Bowl Replete with Tweets
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    by Bruce Felps

    Almost 163 million people watched Super Bowl XLV on television, and that’s just the people who had tickets to the game but no seats and were forced to find a big screen somewhere.

    OK, not really, but 162.9 million people tuned in, which officially makes Super Bowl XLV the most-watched television event in the history of history.

    The game also set a record for the most number of Tweets sent during a sporting event. According to, Twitterers sent forth 4,064 Tweets per second (TPS) precisely at 9:07:16 local time as the game drew to a close. Really? TPS? That’s a unit of measure now?

    Still, it handily beat the previous record of 3,283 TPS Twittered during last summer’s World Cup match between Japan and Denmark.

    The game’s orbiting hoopla — the halftime show and the commercials — also pumped up the Tweets. Usher (@UsherRaymondIV) collected the greatest amount of Tweety attention followed by halftime headliners the Black Eyed Peas (@bep) — and what was wrong with the sound system? — Slash, Eminem, and Christina Aguilera, bless her heart.

    The Doritos “Pug Attack” commercial — that breed is obviously aggressive and should be outlawed — generated the most Twitter comments among all Bowl commercials.

    Didn’t we used to just comment to people in the same room?

    Bruce Felps owns and operatesEast Dallas Times, an online community news outlet serving the White Rock Lake area. His Tweet count went up to nearly one during the game.