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The Earthquake or The #earthquake: Which Traveled Faster?

If you were anywhere on the east coast yesterday, you are well aware of the 5.8 earthquake out of Virginia that shook not only people and buildings, but the internet as well. The earthquake was documented at 01:51:04 PM, and some say that if you were in the New York area( iFuel’s HQ), you actually read about it on Facebook or Twitter before you even felt it.

Twitter released some interesting statistics yesterday evening:

Are tweets faster than seismic waves? We can’t speak of speed of seismic waves, but a Tweet can reach your followers in less than a second.

Within a minute of today’s #earthquake, there were more than 40,000 earthquake-related Tweets.

And, we hit about 5,500 Tweets per second (TPS). For context, this TPS is more than Osama Bin Laden’s death [and] on par [with] the Japanese quake.

5,500 TPS! Those are some serious numbers.

Plus, Facebook reported that in a short time, the word “earthquake” appeared in the status updates of nearly 3 million people (Source: Rhode Island News).

Just goes to show the power of social media, especially during times of crisis.

TALK ABOUT IT: Were you one of the many people who Tweeted or Facebook-ed about the #earthquake? What did you say?

One Response to “The Earthquake or The #earthquake: Which Traveled Faster?”

  1. Jacqueline DeVito

    I tweeted, saying that I felt left out that I actually didn’t feel the earthquake. I did share some interesting earthquake facts: ” In theory, an earthquake can actually measure 11, or even higher. The Richter Scale has no upper limit.”

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