Twitter Sets New Tweets Per Second Record
Recently, something remarkable happened on Twitter: On Saturday, August 3 in Japan, people watched a telecast of the movie ‘Castle in the Sky’, and then tweeted so much that twitter hit a one-second peak of 143,199 Tweets per second.
Twitter takes in more than 500 million Tweets a day which means about an average of 5,700 tweets in a second. This particular peak was around 25 times greater than a normal peak for Twitter.
The Twitter Blog Says
During this spike, our users didn’t experience a blip on Twitter. That’s one of our goals: to make sure Twitter is always available no matter what is happening around the world. New Tweets per second (TPS) record: 143,199 TPS. Typical day: more than 500 million Tweets sent; average 5,700 TPS.
Three years ago, the World Cup brought Twitter crashing the service with nearly every play. Krikorian(VP Engineering Twitter) says the experience gave the company pause, prompting them to reevaluate its approach to managing traffic.
“We learned a lot. We changed our engineering organization.” Krikorian goes on to detail the transformation, explaining how the firm tweaked its programming models, architecture, services, applications and storage databases to eliminate bottlenecks and increase stability. “We’re now able to withstand events like Castle in the Skyviewings, the Super Bowl, and the global New Year’s Eve celebration.” said Raffi Krikorian, VP Engineering Twitter.