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Super Bowl blackout generated 231,500 tweets per minute, and other social media numbers

social super bowlThe Super Bowl has come and gone, but not without dramatic flair. Between the electrical outage, the 49ers near comeback, and the mystical alien-meets-angel entity that is Beyoncé, Super Bowl XLVII offered plenty of entertainment – and apparently kept us talking and typing. In true Twitter fashion, the microblogging platform has released some numbers and details about the day, including:

  • We (unsurprisingly) beat last year’s Super Bowl tweets, racking up 24.1 million tweets about the game.

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  • The biggest moments that got us button-mashing were: The power outage (231,500 tweets per minute, or TPM); the 108-yard kickoff return by Raven’s Jacoby Jones (185,000 TPM); the Raven’s winning moment (183,000 TPM); Jones’ 56 yard caught pass for a touchdown (168,000 TPM); and Gore’s 49ers’ touchdown (131,000 TPM).

  • The most mentioned players were Ray Lewis, Joe Flacco, Colin Kaepernick, and Jacoby Jones.

  • Of course, the athletes were nearly overshadowed by Beyoncé, whose halftime show spawned 5.5 million tweets (more than were sent during the entire game last year) – including this gem from none other than the first lady herself.

Advertising was naturally a major part of the game. This was the year commercials had pre-event advertisements as teasers … seriously. But the power outage managed to steal their thunder: A handful of brands were able to capitalize on the awkward moment with some incredible quick thinking. Check out these seriously topical promos that hit the Web while the lights were out:

Also getting some attention? The alleged Beyoncé wardrobe malfunction. Sure, it’s no Janet Jackson moment, but there’s already plenty of talk around the World Wide Web about an intimate moment we may have quickly witnessed.

Perhaps the only thing that could have distracted us (but really, could it?) is straight-laced, almost-boring Joe Flacco’s very obvious F-bomb. Oh CBS … we suppose it’s nice to know there’s someone out there having a worse Monday than the rest of America.

Instagram also released some Super Bowl related stats: “Over three million photos that mentioned Super Bowl-themed words in their captions were shared today; and at peak, more than 450 photos about the game were posted every second. During the halftime show, over 200 photos per second were posted about Beyoncé (@baddiebey) alone.” 

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The photo-sharing network also commented on CBS using Instagram images (from the Ravens and 49ers players – don’t freak out about the company taking users’ photos) in its pre-game show and Oreo’s Instagram contest. If that’s not a sign of the times, we’re not sure what is. 

To sum things up a little and add some perspective, Twitter was mentioned in 50 percent of commercials during the game, Facebook in 8 percent… and Google+ went home empty-handed. And there you have it: Super Bowl XLVII and all the social stats that went with. 

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Beyoncé literally shut the house down after her halftime performance at Super Bowl XLVII, but that wasn't necessarily why the Mercedes Benz Superdome experienced a 34-minute blackout about two minutes into the third quarter. CBS, the network carrying the Super Bowl broadcast last night, released a report early this morning on why some of the stadium's lights and electronic equipments went out.
"A piece of equipment that is designed to monitor electrical load sensed an abnormality in the system," Superdome management companies Entergy Corporation and SMG reported in a statement. "Once the issue was detected, the sensing equipment operated as designed and opened a breaker, causing power to be partially cut to the Superdome in order to isolate the issue."
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Watching the Super Bowl blackout was awkward at best. Players on both the Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers were sprawled out on the field doing their stretches. CBS studio commentators were basically talking out of their butts to fill in time during the delay. Coaches Jim and John Harbaugh looked grumpier than ever. When the lights came back on, there was also that stupid joke about the sportscaster plugging in his phone charger, causing the lights to go out. Viewers and advertisers, instead, took such opportunity to Twitter to make jokes at the incident, which generated 231,500 tweets per minute and several parody Superdome lights accounts. Seriously, what did people do before social media came around? We would have been so darn bored without it.

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