Bin Laden Slays Twitter's Fail Whale

By Sajid Farooq
|  Monday, May 2, 2011  |  Updated 1:54 PM PDT
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Bin Laden Slays Twitter's Fail Whale

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News of the death of Osama bin Laden set a Twitter record Sunday.

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Move over Charlie Sheen, Twitter is winning without you.

News of the death of Osama bin Laden Sunday night sent Twitter into a tailspin that not even the "Fail Whale" could keep up with.

Users of the San Francisco-based micro-blogging site set a record for the most tweets-per-second after President Barack Obama announced the death of America's most wanted.

"Last night saw the highest sustained rate of Tweets ever," Twitter's public relations department tweeted Monday. "From 10:45 - 2:20am ET, there was an average of 3,000 Tweets per second."

The biggest surge of tweets came moments after Obama's announcements.

"At 11 p.m. ET, there were 5,106 Tweets per second," Twitter said in another message. "At 11:45p.m. ET, when Pres. Obama finished his remarks, there were 5,008 (tweets per second)."

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