The records keep coming for Jamaican track athlete Usain Bolt. Hot on the heels of his sprint gold medal double at the London 2012 Olympic games, Bolt’s broken a record over on social network Twitter too.
The micro-blogging social network saw an unprecedented 80,000 tweets per minute about the Bolt following the speedy Olympian’s 200m win last night, the most ever seen n relation to the Olympics.
Bolt’s already quite the celebrity on Twitter (as if he isn’t already a star anywhere he graces wit his presence), with over 1.3 million followers that he regularly chats to personally. Following his win, Bolt tweeted:
“Thanks to all my real fans and people who believe in me. I am now a living legend that’s for sure.”
This tweet alone was retweeted more than 8,000 times and favourited by almost 2,000 people, showing Bolt’s growing influence on the Twitterverse.
Dubbed the “social Olympics” by analysts, the London 2012 Olympics have seen social networks harnessed like never before for a sporting event. The opening ceremony led to over 9.66 million tweets about the event, while Twitter users’ persistent updates caused problems with the BBC coverage of the road cycling events. Many of the athletes have also taken to Twitter and Facebook to thank fans for their support during the games, as well as sharing their thoughts on the event as a whole.