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May 6th, 2011

Who fired the first tweet?

By Katie Riley, Brokaw Digital Media Strategist

Just in case you want further proof that smartphone usage is growing exponentially, look no further than this past week’s events—starting with the Phillies-Mets game on Sunday night, May 1st, around 10:30ish. With the score tied, chants of “U-S-A!” quickly spread throughout the stadium. The cameras zoomed in to reveal fans looking at their phones and conferring with each other about the Osama bin Laden news.

Whether the original Tweet came from a 33-year-old software consultant living around the corner from Osama’s palace or former chief of staff Keith Urbahn, is up for debate. But what isn’t, is the speed at which the news ripped through Facebook and Twitter. In fact, Twitter reported they saw an average of 3,000 Tweets per second—the highest sustained rate in Twitter’s five-year history.