Greek Town erupted, one Twitter user put it, “as if the United States won the World Cup.”
Putting aside moral arguments as to the nature of celebrating a person’s death, let’s examine the digital data.
The Newseum servers crashed as people tried to access pictures of front pages from around the country. And to say Twitter exploded would be a tired use of the phrase.
Twitter pulled a double Mt. Vesuvius as users poured 12 million tweets per hour into the ether. I’d hate to be at the Library of Congress catalogs for that cleanup.
More than 5,000 tweets per second were recorded at one point. If each tweet represented a person, that rate would match the U.S. population in 16 hours.
Oh, then there’s the story of the guy who tweeted the entire raid or the altered MLK quote, courtesy of a no-name Facebook user and a relatively more famous magician.
How does this add up? The speed with which the news and reactions traveled shouldn’t be surprising. Interesting. But not surprising.
To use or not to use technology isn’t the question. Try: how much to use and when to use.