Germany’s win over Brazil smashes Twitter records

The Rio Report

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If Brazil were hoping nobody would have noticed their ritual humiliation at the hands of Germany, they'll be sadly disappointed.

Not only did they suffer their heaviest ever defeat, they've also secured another record - the match was the most tweeted-about sporting event in history.

The 7-1 demolition of the host nation was the topic of over 35.6 million tweets - with a high point of 580,166 tweets per minute after Sami Khedira scored the fourth goal.

The 2014 Super Bowl held the previous record with 24.9m tweets, while the previous highest number of tweets per minute came when Miley Cyrus indulged in some twerking, inspiring 360,000 tweets per minute.

Social media addicts from all over the globe were taking to Twitter to express their amazement - and sometimes amusement - at what they were witnessing.

Heavy Twitter traffic was coming from the US, Europe and India as well as within Brazil itself.

But the much-maligned Fred and the weeping David Luiz can perhaps take some comfort from the fact that they weren't the subject of all the tweets, or even most of them. The most-mentioned honour went to Miroslav Klose as he became the new World Cup record goalscorer.

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