Soccer World Cup Final generates 32.1m tweets, breaks TPM record

Catch the World Cup Final?

If you did watch it, perhaps you were tweeting your way through it, too. A couple of hours after it was all over, Twitter revealed that 32.1 million messages were posted during the game, which saw Germany beat Argentina with a goal in extra time.


The social media giant no doubt wished it could’ve proudly announced the figure as “a new Twitter record!”, but Germany’s sensational pummeling of Brazil in the semis last Tuesday took that honor, with 35.6 million tweets posted. The final game, watched by an estimated one billion people worldwide, kicked off at Brazil’s fabled Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro on Sunday afternoon local time.

“Whether joining in the #GER celebration or expressing heartbreak for #ARG, football fans around the world shared their own reactions on Twitter,” the company’s Lewis Wiltshire wrote in a blog post. “When the final whistle sounded and #GER claimed their 4th championship, we saw 618,725 tweets per minute (TPM) discussing the match – a Twitter record for an event.”

Yes! A Twitter record!

Götze’s superbly taken goal generated 556,499 TPM, while the awkward post-match moment where a miserable Messi had to go up and collect his player-of-the-tournament award and then stand with German goalkeeper Manuel Neuer, who’d just picked up the best keeper award, generated an impressive 395,773 TPM.

We guess most of them said, “Messi?!? Player of the tournament?!?”.

world cup final_TPM

Wiltshire’s post also included an odd-looking pulsating map (below) showing “how the entire match played out on Twitter around the world.” I’ll be honest, watching this blob-filled animation do not-very-much was only marginally more interesting than last week’s excruciatingly dull semi-final clash between the Netherlands and Argentina, though there is an attention-grabbing moment at the 18:20 mark when Germany score their late winner. 

And look, someone in French Polynesia was tweeting occasionally, too.

The blog post also pulls together various images tweeted after the final whistle, including several by members of the German team. Angela Merkel even found her way into some of them, possibly creating a new Twitter record for the number of tweeted images featuring a world leader with a winning sports team.

Social Media

You can now share saved Facebook posts with a Pinterest-like collection tool

Facebook collections can now be shared with friends if you also want to allow them to contribute to the list. Facebook is rolling out an update that allows users to add a contributor to their collections, or lists of saved Facebook posts.

Hey, Sony! If you make a PS2 Classic, it needs these games

158 million PS2 consoles were sold worldwide during its lifecycle, making it the most successful video game console of all time. It was hard, but we narrowed down the PS2's vast library of games. Here are the best PS2 games of all time.
Movies & TV

The best shows on Netflix, from 'Haunting of Hill House’ to ‘Twilight Zone’

Looking for a new show to binge? Lucky for you, we've curated a list of the best shows on Netflix, whether you're a fan of outlandish anime, dramatic period pieces, or shows that leave you questioning what lies beyond.
Emerging Tech

Feast your eyes on the wildest, most elaborate Rube Goldberg machines ever built

Want to see something totally mesmerizing? Check out several of the best Rube Goldberg machines from across the internet, including one that serves cake and other that do ... nothing particularly useful.
Movies & TV

Ice meets fire in HBO's latest 'Game of Thrones' season 8 teaser

With the eighth and final season looming, Game of Thrones fever has officially become a pandemic. Our list of all the relevant news and rumors will help make the wait more bearable, if you don't mind spoilers.

Broadway actor tells Kanye West to get off his phone during opening night

Theater actors can get understandably upset when they spot someone in the audience fiddling with their phone instead of watching the show. The other night that audience member was Kanye West, and he got called out for it.
Social Media

This event topped Facebook’s biggest moments of the year — again

As the year comes to a close, Facebook is looking back on what users discussed most over the last year. For two years in a row, International Women's Day topped the list. So what else is on the list?
Social Media

This band owns Twitter, according to list of top accounts and tweets for 2018

What was the biggest buzz on Twitter in 2018? Twitter's 2018 Year in Review highlights the biggest tweets, accounts, and hashtags. The most-tweeted celebrities, movies, TV shows, athletes, politicians and more in Twitter's 2018 trends.
Social Media

What do yodeling and Kylie Jenner have in common? YouTube’s top 2018 videos

In a true nod to the variety found on YouTube, the platform's top 10 list of videos from 2018 range from celebrities to sports, from perfectly tossing a picture frame on the wall to a kid yodeling in aisle 12 at Walmart.
Home Theater

It took Tom Cruise to raise awareness of this troublesome TV setting

Tom Cruise, in an unexpected PSA tweet, asks you to turn off motion interpolation on your TV, but stops short of how to do it. Here's more on the topic, along with links to a guide on how to rid your TV of the dreaded "soap opera effect."

Make a GIF of your favorite YouTube video with these great tools

Making a GIF from a YouTube video is easier today than ever, but choosing the right tool for the job isn't always so simple. In this guide, we'll teach you how to make a GIF from a YouTube video with our two favorite online tools.

Amazon scouted airport locations for its cashier-free Amazon Go stores

Representatives of Amazon Go checkout-free retail stores connected with officials at Los Angeles and San Jose airports in June to discuss the possibility of cashier-free grab-and-go locations in busy terminals.
Social Media

Snapchat facial recognition could soon power a new portrait mode, code suggests

Digging into Snapchat's code suggests a handful of upcoming camera features, including a portrait mode. The feature appears to use facial recognition A.I. to blur the background. The code also suggests an updated camera interface.

Google+ continues to sink with a second massive data breach. Abandon ship now

Google+ was scheduled to shut its doors in August 2019, but the second security breach in only a few months has caused the company to move its plan forward a few months. It might be a good idea to delete your account sooner than later.